Monday, November 14, 2011

Niko's PICKS: El loro pelon by Hilda Perera


Guest blogger Niko read this book and says:

"Este libro se trata de dos loros que no les gusta vivir en una jaula. Los dos loros se encuentran, pero no estan felices y se quitan sus plumas. Es muy triste, pero es un libro interesante. Es bueno para ninos en kinder, primer grado, y segundo grado."

A good book to use for talking to kids about animal rights, humane treatment of pets, and Puerto Rico.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Picturebook: Fiesta Fememina by Mary-Joan Gerson

Fiesta Fememina by Mary-Joan Gerson, illustrations by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Several years ago, I read a copy of this wonderful book in English and enjoyed the variety of stories and legends. I recently had the opportunity to read the Spanish version and loved it even more! With delightful and whimsical illustrations and stories from all over the Mexico, it is an excellent addition to a thematic unit on folktales, Mexico or the role of women in Latin America. The language is poetic and lyrical - thus probably best suited for intermediate and advanced students of Spanish. But, if you're creative, you could use this excellent book as a resource and re-write the stories into simplified language for elementary and FLES students. Stories include: Rosha y el Sol, La diosa hambrienta, La leyenda de Tangu Yuh, Por que la Luna es libre, Verde Ave, Blancaflor, La Virgen de Guadalupe and Malintizin de la Montana.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Issuu book: Zapato busca dueño (wordless picturebook)

Zapato busca dueño is a wordless picturebook by Alejandra Viacava. A bear tries to return a lost shoe to different animals and people, but no one claims it. This would be a fun story to have students narrate in any language!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Issuu book: Pueblo de agua

This wonderful book from UNICEF is a compilation of stories, folktales and other writings from Warao children of Venezuela. The short stories are illustrated by the children and presented in Spanish and Warao. A fantastic collection for intermediate and advanced students of Spanish.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Issuu book: Le chapeau magique de Monsieur Max

Le chapeau magique de Monsieur Max by Patrick Vasco Gromy is ADORABLE and it has a fun surprise ending. It tells the story of a man who has an odd hat with the power to make it rain whenever he forgets to wear it. Mr. Max solves the problem in a very novel way! Super silly and cute for young students of French!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Issuu book: Mishi, un gato juguetón

Mishi, un gato juguetón, by Santiago Parreno, is a short book about a small cat who loves to play with different creatures. Cute illustrations and simple language make this a good book for FLES and immersion Spanish students.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Issuu book: Animales de colores - Amazonia

Animales de colores - Amazonia, by Santiago Parreño, is a beautifully illustrated book about the animals of the Amazon rainforest. Through the story we meet a blue morpho butterfly, a toucan, an armadillo, a manatee, a pink river dolphin, a capibara, a coati, spider monkeys, parrots, sloths and more! Simple language and delightful illustrations make this the perfect addition to a thematic unit on the South American rainforest!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Issuu book: Mi madre es rara

Mi madre es rara, by Rachna Gilmore, is a sweet story told from a young girl's perspective about how "strange" her mother can be at times. This is a great story to share with students for Mother's Day!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Issuu book: Bim Bam Bum

Bim Bam Bum is an adorable series of children's magazines from Ecuador. It is part of the newspaper El Tiempo. Find more issues of this fun periodical on El Tiempo Cuenca's Issue page. So CUTE!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Issuu book: Rik, el niño sin imaginación

Rik, el niño sin imaginación, is a funny story about a kid who seems to have no imagination, until he loses his mother at the mall and panics. The story is sweet and the illustrations - a mix of photos and drawings - are clever (Rik is a thumb!) A fun story for beginning to intermediate students of Spanish.