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Bilingual Books

By Ina Rimpau
Explore both Spanish and English language and culture with these bilingual books ...
Yo tenía un hipopótamo
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
By: Héctor Viveros Lee  
Lee & Low Books, $6.95 (Paperback)

The narrator, with the help of his friends and family, brings his box of animal crackers to life in this vividly illustrated Spanish book.

Grandmother's Nursery Rhymes / Las nanas de abuelita
Ages: 3 - 10 yrs.
Compiled By: Nelly Palacio Jaramillo   Illustrator: Elivia   Translator: Nelly Palacio Jaramillo  
Henry Holt & Company, LLC, $6.95 (Paperback)

Learn and practice Spanish with this book of riddles, rhymes, and games. English translations are provided.

Cinderella / Cenicienta Cinderella / Cenicienta
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Illustrator: Monse Fransoy   Translator: James Surges  
Chronicle Books, $6.95 (Paperback)

Who doesn't know the story of Cinderella, her cruel stepsisters, her fairy godmother, the Prince, the ball, and the glass slipper? This bilingual English-Spanish version, originally published in Catalan, is an adequate, albeit not very original retelling. However, the fresh illustrations-- a cross between Japanese-style woodcuts and fashion illustrations of the 1950's-- give the tale a modern twist.

Ghost Wings
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Barbara M Joosse   Illustrator: Giselle Potter  
Chronicle Books, $15.95 (Hard Cover)   

A young girl learns to appreciate the circle of life after the passing of her grandmother.

Iguanas in the Snow / Iguanas en la nieve: and Other Winter Poems / y otros poemas de invierno Iguanas in the Snow / Iguanas en la nieve: and Other Winter Poems / y otros poemas de invierno
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Francisco X. Alarcon   Illustrator: Maya Christina Gonzalez  
Children's Book Press, $15.95 (Hard Cover)   

This book of bilingual seasonal poems is Alarcón and Gonzalez' fourth collaboration. The city of San Francisco features large, with the same cast of characters, enjoying the city's sights, reappearing to illustrate every poem. To fully represent the winter ambience, the children go to the Sierra Nevada to tumble in the snow wearing army surplus snowsuits, making them look like iguanas in the snow.

Mee-An and the Magic Serpent Mee-An and the Magic Serpent
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Baba Wagué Diakité   Illustrator: Baba Wagué Diakité  
Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, $16.95 (Hard Cover)   

From vibrant market scenes to sun-seared landscapes, Diakité's richly colored, yellow bordered illustrations form the perfect backdrop for this retelling of a traditional African folktale. The opening proverb written in both English and Bambara (the language spoken by six million residents of Mali) sets the stage as does the long-billed black heron that flies overhead. Woven into the text are bilingual songs which will help transport young inhabitants of the United States to a very different and magical world.

Onga Bonga
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Carol Thompson   Illustrator: Frieda Wishinsky   Translator: Christianne Scheurer  
Editorial Juventud, $15.95 (Hard Cover)   

No one can stop baby Luisa from crying, except her Brother Daniel when he says the magic words, "Onga Bonga." This warm sibling relationship is wonderfully illustrated in watercolors.

Icy Watermelon / Sandía fría
Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
Author: Mary Sue Galindo   Illustrator: Pauline Rodriguez Howard  
Arte Publico Press, $14.95 (Hard Cover)   

The entire family gathers on Sunday to enjoy a cool summer treat, which provides the perfect opportunity for grandma to tell tales of his childhood. A bilingual book that the whole family will enjoy.

Magic Windows Magic Windows
Ages: 6 & Up
Children's Book Press, $15.95 (Hard Cover)   

This bilingual (Spanish/English) book introduces children to the fascinating Mexican technique of papel picado (cut-paper art). Through intricate pictures, in which each small piece of colored paper connects to form a whole image, the author weaves a tale about her family and the traditions and beliefs of their Mexican heritage.

Family Pictures / Cuadros de familia
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Carmen Lomas Garza   Illustrator: Carmen Lomas Garza  
Children's Book Press, $6.95 (Hard Cover)   

This is the illustrator and storyteller's bilingual memoir of growing up in Texas, fully immersed in her family's Mexican traditions. The illustrations are painted in a flat, naïve style, bringing out the details of celebrations and everyday activities from cakewalk scholarship fundraisers to visits from the curandera to eating watermelon on the porch on a hot summer evening. Lomas Garza explains the paintings, supplying additional information, making this book an introduction to the artistic process as well as a family history.

Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States
Ages: 10 & Up
Editor: Lorie M. Carlson  
Henry Holt & Company, LLC, $16.95 (Hard Cover)   

This volume includes poems written in English, Spanish and "Spanglish" by established writers such as Judith Ortíz Cofer, Pat Mora, Oscar Hijuelos, and Sandra Cisneros. The poems are celebrations of cultural mixing, indictments of racism, and declarations of love to the families and cultures that are the origins of this collection.

Ve lo que dices / See What You Say: modismos en español e ingles / Spanish and English Idioms Ve lo que dices / See What You Say: modismos en español e ingles / Spanish and English Idioms
Ages: 10 & Up
By: Nancy María Grande Tabor  
Charlesbridge, $6.95 (Paperback)

Translators present idioms in Spanish with their English counterpart on opposing pages. This is an enjoyable learning tool for students of both English and Spanish.


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