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SPARKY'S BARK - EL LADRIDO DE SPARKY

Author: Mimi Chapra

Illustrator: Vivi Escriva

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Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2006

Material: hard cover

Summary: Lucy and her mom are visiting relatives in Ohio for the summer. She traveled a long way on a plane, and her nervousness turns to frustration when she realizes no one can understand her because they don't speak Spanish. She especially wants to communicate with Sparky (the dog) and asks her cousin to help her. This is a bilingual picture book that helps children understand compassion.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Age of Child: Review pending. Attempted to read with 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: We have tried repeatedly for weeks to get our child (who is training her own new puppy) interested in this story. At this point we are still unsuccessful

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a very nice story. It is easy to relate to Lucy's predicament and her feelings. We like that you can read the book completely in Spanish or in English with Spanish words/phrases built into the text.

Pros: This Spanish/English picture book presents characters young children can relate to and emotions they will recognize.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice book for sharing with a child a couple of times, particularly if you are teaching your child Spanish.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ERIC AND THE ENCHANTED LEAF: A VISIT WITH CANIS LUPIS / ERIC Y LA HOJA ENCANTADA UNA VISITA CANIS LUPIS   NACHO AND LOLITA   MY PAL VICTOR - MI AMIGO, VICTOR

Educational Themes: As a bilingual book, the book offers a chance to introduce your children to English or Spanish. The story itself also creates an opportunity to talk about immigration, change, communication, and compassion.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, foreign language, Spanish

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2007

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