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Dos En El Zoologico: Bilingual Board Book


Dos En El Zoologico/Two at the Zoo

Board Book Edition

by Danna Smith
Illustrated by Valeria Petrone
Clarion Books
baby - preschool
ISBN: 9780547581378 

This board book is just the right size for little hands!

The English and Spanish bilingual text is set in two colors for easy reading.

From 1 black bear to 10 hairy wart hogs, a boy and his grandpa count their way through a zoo full of friendly animals.

Un nino y su abuelo cuentan deside 1 gran oso pardo hasta 10 jabalies peludos, mientras pasean por un zoologico lleno de simpaticos animales.

In order to preserve the rhyme, the Spanish lines were adapted and are not a word-for-word translation from the English.

A fin de mantener La rima, la traduccion al espanol no es literal, sino una adaptacion.

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Children's Literature

Putting together an age-appropriate predictable rhyming and counting book that sounds good in both English and Spanish is no small undertaking. This petite board book accomplishes that feat.

By reading this book based on the premise of a young boy taking his grandfather to the zoo, young readers will encounter pleasant rhymes that take them through the numbers one to ten. Each full-page color spread contains adorable illustrations showing the boy, his grandfather, and the animals they are counting. The left-side text contains two lines describing the animals; the predictable text on the right simply says, "We count/Y contamos" followed by the appropriate number. Children who are able to count from one to then will have no trouble joining an adult reader to complete each rhyme. A bear, parrots, alligators, lions, penguins, lizards, eagles, spiders, flamingos, and wart hogs all make an appearance.

This book would make an excellent addition to any children's collection. Public libraries of all sizes will undoubtedly see good circulation stats for this choice, and teachers or librarians in schools that offer any kind of Spanish language instruction would do well to recommend this selection to their students. Reviewer: Ramirose I. Attebury, Children's Literature

Awards & Honors

Missourian Baby Buzz Pick
Featured in Parenting: The Early Years Magazine
A Raising Readers Special Board Book Edition
Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval