Monday, November 15, 2010

Niko's PICKS: La mujer que brillaba aún más que el sol

La mujer que brillaba aún más que el sol 
by Alejando Cruz Martinez and Fernando Olivera

Niko dice: "Hay una señora que se llama Lucia Zenteno. Ella es una señora que adora la naturaleza. Este libro bilingüe es bueno porque si no entiende el español, está escrito también en inglés. Recomiendo este libro para niños de primer y segundo grado."

Lori says: "This book is an excellent resource for teachers doing a unit on the environment - especially issues of water rights. Other topics like kindness and the acceptance of differences are addressed in the story as well. Some of the vocabulary is quite advanced and the story might need to be re-written for lower proficiency students, but the illustrations are beautiful and can be used as the basis for telling the story without using the actual Spanish text."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Niko's PICKS: La hora de los Juegos Olimpicos

La hora de los Juegos Olimpicos, by Mary Pope Osborne

Niko dice: "Este libro es bueno porque es otro cuento de la serie "La Casa del Arbol." Jack y Annie van a la casa del arbol y se transportan a la Grecia antigua para ver los primeros Juegos Olimpicos. Yo recomiendo este libro para estudiantes del cuarto y quinto grado."

Lori says: "This is one of the Magic Tree House (La Casa del Arbol) series, meant for kids aged 4-8 in English. The Spanish translation could be used with intermediate students of Spanish in late elementary or middle school. This particular story deals with Jack and Annie's adventures in ancient Greece learning about the Olympic Games. It's full of adventure and fun information!"

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Niko's PICKS: Buenas noches, Luna

Buenas noches, Luna, by Margaret Wise Brown

Niko dice: "Me gustaron los gatitos. Yo recomiendo este libro para los estudiantes de kinder y primer grado porque es muy facil."

Lori says: "A nice easy book with good repetition, though no cultural component. Good for FLES/beginners, especially since students will most likely have read the book in English already. An extension activitiy might involve students in adding lines to the story based on their own bedroom, i.e.: Buenas noches, computadora. Buenas noches, peluches."