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Summary: Manuel admires Willie. he is tall, like a basketball player. Manuel uses stilts and even spikes his hair so he can be taller. But every time he tries something new, it always backfires. Then he learns Willie wants to be strong like him. This is one volume in a companion series about two boys, each of whom wants to be like their friend.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 9
Reading Level: 2.9
Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loved reading about Rosa and Abby, so she was excited to see this book. She laughed at some of Manuel's attempts to make himself taller.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a wonderful series. Kids spend so much time comparing themselves to others, that this is a fun way to remind them that they are "perfect" just the way they are. Reading in Spanish offers some terrific elementary-level words that kids will see in school.
Pros: Kids will see themselves in this picture book about wanting to be different than you are.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a wonderful series that makes for great reading.
Educational Themes: You can use the book to practice Spanish. In addition to the story, there is a nice vocabulary list in the back. The story itself offers a nice lesson in accepting yourself for who you are and recognizing your own strengths. You might even ask your child what s/he likes about himself!