My Big Barefoot Book of Spanish & English Words
My Big Barefoot Book of Spanish & English Words
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Annotation: Presents real-world scenes with objects and people labelled in English and Spanish for young readers.
Catalog Number: #168064
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Barefoot Books
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-7828-5286-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-7828-5286-5
Dewey: 468
Dimensions: 31 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
ALA Booklist
Speaking and learning two languages has never been more fun than in this playful picture book. By following Sam and Maya through their neighborhood on a day out with their abuelo, young readers will learn more than 700 Spanish and English words related to food, clothes, gardening, markets, the weather, animals, and much more. Fatus (My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words, 2014) creates an engaging story about the ways readers can learn from their everyday surroundings. Colorful illustrations include Spanish and English labels for objects, plants, and even magical creatures (an elf, mermaid, and vampire, to name a few), pairing words and images to make it easier for readers to learn new vocabulary. Some spreads contain a themed array of items, while others walk readers through a scene ch as a cutaway of a house that shows its rooms and contents. Readers will find Sam and Maya friendly guides in understanding the world in more than one language. A similar book for early language learners is Ana Galan's No Is No, Sí Is Yes (2005).
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2&12; With a slight one-sentence-per-page narrative to guide readers, this bilingual word book chronicles the daily activities of the Familia Palabra and the laudably diverse residents in their community. This story is virtually identical to Fatus's My Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words (Barefoot Bks., 2014) with the exception of some minor changes and the addition of Spanish vocabulary. In this incarnation, Zanzibar the cat becomes Paco and Crunchy the croc morphs into Fresco. The bright, whimsical illustrations are the same, though a few of the individual characters have been repurposed. For example, the paperboy from Wonderful Words becomes the bike messenger in this title. In addition, items identified in the previous edition are unlabeled here&12;the book in braille and the origami projects depicted in the library scene. Some of the Spanish terms are not as common in Latin America as in the case of cesta de picnic being used instead of the more familiar canasta de picnic. But what makes this, and other similar word-building books, less than ideal is the fact that phonetic spellings are not included to facilitate the acquisition of a bilingual vocabulary. A monolingual English-speaking child will see the word alcantarilla (defined as "manhole" in the text, but is actually a storm drain) and probably anglicize it&12;al-can-ta-ril-la&12;instead of using the correct pronunciation: ahl-cahn-tah-REE-yah. A monolingual Spanish-speaking child would conversely see manhole and try pronouncing it mahn-hoh-leh. VERDICT When employed in conjunction with competent bilingual teachers, this book can enrich language lessons and help promote multicultural diversity awareness.&12; Mary Margaret Mercado, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: 1-4

A bilingual first words collection with a twist: this unique book combines storytelling with English and Spanish vocabulary building as young readers follow the adventures of the Palabra family as they go about their day and prepare for a special celebration. AGES: 2-6 AUTHOR: Sophie Fatus has won worldwide acclaim for her bright and distinctive artwork. She has illustrated the 'The Story Tree', 'Yoga Pretzels' and 'If You're Happy and You Know It' for Barefoot Books. SELLING POINTS: * Over 700 words in Spanish and English: Playfully illustrated vocabulary for items and themes like animals, home, food, jobs and familiar places, all designed to be as dialectically neutral as possible to represent a multitude of Spanish-speaking regions * Highly engaging: Alternating detailed scenes of daily life with simple pages of labelled illustrations helps with vocabulary building and word recognition. The bright, busy spreads invite readers to find new ways to interact with the book every time they read * Diversity and inclusivity: The artwork was developed with an inclusivity specialist to positively depict the people of many ages, races, cultures, lifestyles and abilities who make up the family's community REVIEWS: "A friendly and diverse cast of characters helps create a book with broad appeal, as well as plentiful whimsical details to examine" -- Publishers Weekly "This multicultural take on a Busytown sort of place is rife with opportunities for I-spy reading and language acquisition . . . A fine addition to the word-book shelf" -- Kirkus Reviews

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