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"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Summary: Our young narrator takes us through a year with all of the things he likes to do with his grandparents, as well as the events he celebrates with his family. This is a book with text in both Spanish and English.
Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Age of Child: Read with 3½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He initially liked looking at the pictures, but consistently lost interest after a few pages.
Adult Reader Reaction: There is less a story than a collection of abuelos-y-yo vignettes. The narrative is longer than a typical picture book, and it is nice to have both the Spanish and English text.
Pros: The pictures are bright and the vignettes are those that kids not only will recognize, but likely celebrate with their family. For rusty speakers of either language, the bilingual narrative is most helpful.
Cons: None, it just wasn't a grabber in our house.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. There isn't much to distinguish this book as a must-have for the home library.
Educational Themes: Beyond expanding vocabulary and learning Spanish, readers can talk about special family times, love and memories.
Literary Categories: Fiction - foreign language, family
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2005
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