Thursday, October 28, 2010

Niko's PICKS: El círculo mágico

El círculo mágico, by Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Giselle Potter

Niko dice: "Me gustan los imagenes, y sobre todo, las mariposas. Pero el cuento no tenía mucha información del Día de los Muertos. Por eso, no me gustó tanto. Yo recomiendo este libro a niños del segundo al tercer grado."

Lori says: "First of all, it's difficult to find a copy of this book in Spanish. I found one on, but it's quite costly. It might almost be better to get a copy in English anyway, since the text of the Spanish is version - while beautiful and poetic - is way too challenging for FLES, beginners, or even intermediate students of Spanish. Still, the story is tender and heartwarming, and Giselle Potter's illustrations are lovely. I also like the added context of the monarch butterfly migration in the story, thus making the plot a good connection to a cultural lesson on the Day of the Dead along with a science/biomes lesson on monarch migration, possibly linked to a class project with the Journey North symbolic butterfly migration."

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