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MY PAL VICTOR - MI AMIGO, VICTOR

Author: Diane Gonzales Bertrand

Illustrator: Robert L. Sweetland

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Publisher: Raven Tree Press, LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Dominic tells us about all of the things that he and his friend Victor share together: from telling jokes and sharing ghost stories, to swimming in the pool and enjoying baseball. This is a bilingual book that describes friendship in its truest sense.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 4-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: We have been reading this (in both languages) for almost a week now, multiple times a day. Now our preschooler is trying to make up her own sentences with the words she's absorbed.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a nice story. It celebrates the true meaning of friendship, making it clear that children of different abilities or disabilities (which you don't discover until the end) share a lot in common.

Pros: The story focuses on the things two boys share, not their physical attributes. Having both the English and Spanish (as well as the vocabulary list at the back) makes it easy for parents whose language is rusty.

Cons: None, really. It would be helpful to have the pronunciation for some words in the vocabulary list, though.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at a minimum. This is a must read for elementary children, as it introduces friendship as it should be.

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Educational Themes: The story opens great opportunities to talk about friendship, (the pitfalls of) judging others, and disabilities.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, bilingual, Spanish, health, illness, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2005

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