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Summary: There is lots to see and do on our trip to Mexico. We will spend time at the beach, ride a train, climb the pyramids, and go to a festival and enjoy music and a parade. This is a rhyming story that offers Spanish vocabulary, too.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 2.9
Age of Child: Started reading with 5½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: At first our child only wanted to read the story and wasn't interested in the Spanish vocabulary. When we read it a second (and third ...) time she was more interested in matching the objects with the pictures in Spanish.
Adult Reader Reaction: Sharing this story is like going on a quick vacation: lots to see and do. The illustrations are terrific, and having the vocabulary on a separate page made it easy to just read the story. We also liked the fact that in addition to a collection of nouns and adjectives, the Spanish words also included verbs.
Pros: This brightly colored picture book offers a nice overview of Mexico and Mexican culture. Learning Spanish is optional, because the vocabulary is separate from the story.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is an enjoyable read that has content that will grow with your child. If you are building a bilingual library with fun stories (not just vocabulary), then this is a great one to have.
Educational Themes: The book's format allows you to learn about Mexico's geography, history, and culture; enjoy a rhyming story; and/or learn some Spanish. It is a great introduction to Mexico (like a whirlwind vacation) that is easily brought to life at home, with other library books, or through your local community (i.e., cultural festivals).