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PAPA AND ME

Author: Arthur Dorros

Illustrator: Rudy Gutierrez

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Publisher: Rayo, an imporint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: paperback

Summary: Today is a day for the boys in the family! Come along as father and son as they go on an adventure en route to la casa de abuelos (grandparents’ house). This bilingual story embeds Spanish in a mostly-English text to celebrate the father and child relationship.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Read with Latina girl nearly 7 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: When we read bilingual books, our daughter prefers books like this one, that embed some vocabulary in the story. Although she listened and followed the story to the end, it hasn’t been a book she wants to come back to.

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations grabbed us immediately, as did the artwork (vocabulary in English and Spanish) on the end papers. The story, though, wasn’t as engaging as the images that show obvious joy between father and son. The collection of Spanish words go beyond your normal nouns, we just wished there had been more of them.

Pros: Brightly colored illustrations and lots of activity will engage pre-readers in this story about the adventures of a father and son.

Cons: The story is essentially a chronological sequence of events. There is dialogue, but no character development other than what you draw from the images.

Borrow or Buy: This is a nice story. It would make a good book to share between father and son or paternal grandparents and a child.

If You Liked This Book, Try: I WISH I WAS TALL LIKE WILLIE / QUISIERA SER TAN ALTO COMO WILLIE   TITO, THE FIREFIGHTER TITO, EL BOMBERO   MY GRANDPARENTS AND I - MIS ABUELOS Y YO

Educational Themes: Use this story to talk about and celebrate family: traditions, relationships, feelings. The embedded Spanish offers an added benefit, but you don’t need it to tell the story.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 2.8

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, Spanish, bilingual

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2008

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