Author: Darren LópezIllustrator: Bhagya MadanasinghePublisher: Soaring Kite BooksAges: 4-8 Debut author Darren López brings us a rarity in the picturebook arena, a story that has not been told before. López takes us into the classroom of a teacher–with tattoos! I know what you’re thinking: the shock and horror of it all. Tattoos! And, students can…
The illustrations, however, are only a small part of the book (a great part, but only a small part). Cummins’ words capture the rhythm of a fast-paced city culture. Maximizing the use of alliteration–causing cacophonous climaxes, gloriously, gorging, eager, enthusiastic minds.
Of course, in picturebook fashion, the story involves a duck, a mouse and an adventure. But, everything is intricately woven in a carefully, thoughtfully, written piece, lovingly translated by Mustelier. I can hear the Cuban accent ringing throughout.
A roundup of titles available in Spanish and English that can help you reinforce bilingual skills.
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Eva’s beloved cat Luna has been missing for two days and Eva cannot fall asleep. Thoughts of doom and gloom fill Eva’s head. Is Luna missing? Or is she simply on a trip exploring? Taken on a dreamlike journey by a spirit-guide-wolf, Eva searches for Luna and finds many lost animals along the way.
Each double page spread, lusciously covered in Loring-Fisher’s dreamlike artwork, gently caresses Nainy’s simple and elegant verse reflecting the young boy’s mood and a chosen color. With each turn of the page, we learn a bit more about our protagonist and the world he inhabits. Is he accepted? Is he an outcast?
Short-listed for the World Illustration Awards, The Bear and the Little Green Thing is a soft spoken allegory of life’s truest, briefest and longest friendships–all encapsulated in one. Its gentle, dark, mysterious illustrations, together with it’s simple text, lead readers on an emotional journey through a friendship that was never really meant to last forever.
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