Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2014 Magazines
Ages: 7 - 12 yrs.
Publisher: ePals Media
Newsstand Price: $6.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 6 Issues

Iguana magazine is a Spanish language publication that features a diverse collection of articles, stories, comics and poems, all illustrated with interesting photographs and drawings.

This publication’s offerings are aimed at youth between the ages of 7 to 12, but this age range covers several large developmental leaps so that the range of literary offerings in each issue can seem a bit disjointed at times. For instance the fantastic cover story of the November/December 2013 issue "Joyas musicales de un Basurero", ("Musical Jewels from a Dump"), tells of young people in Cateura, Paraguay who make functional musical instruments out of the trash that is dumped there from the capital city, Asuncion. Violins, drums and guitars are crafted from nearly anything they find—even someone’s leg x-ray. The story features pictures of some of the instruments with the teens who made them alongside photos and a map of Cateura, and these make the stories not only real, but relatable to readers. However, the next few pages feature a bland re-telling of the classic story, "The Emperor’s New Clothes" ("La tela maravillosa del rey") and a juvenile poem about kittens, "Diez gatitos maulladores". These seem to be a let down, or even a way of talking down, to readers after such an interesting article.

While this means that the magazine is well suited to a wide age range of young readers, one of the drawbacks could be that it won’t hold all of their attentions for very long. That said, Iguana offers a broad range of content for a broad range of readers.

Kristen Faber   ©2014 Parents' Choice

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