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"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Summary: Abby and Rosa are friends. Rosa wears glasses, and Abby thinks they make her look beautiful. She is searching to find her own spectacles, but all of her efforts are failing. In the end, she learns that Rosa likes her freckles. This is a bilingual picture book that mirrors another book in the series about freckles.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 1.3
Age of Child: Started reading with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: We were reading this book and it's companion (I Wish I had Freckles Like Abby) every night for more than week, and now at least two times a week. We don't think that is likely to change soon. The more we read it, the more reflective our child gets.
Adult Reader Reaction: We have enjoyed sharing these books with our daughter. Sometimes we read it in English, sometimes in Spanish.
Pros: This bilingual story about friendship and admiration offers kids a chance to reflect on themselves, too. You can easily choose to read the story in English, Spanish, or both.
Cons: You must be comfortable reading Spanish. Although it offers some "beginner" vocabulary, the content is such that you will want to be comfortable with your pronunciation.
Borrow or Buy: Buy both books. They are companions and are great friends for your young child. The illustrations bring the story to life. The vocabulary lists and some of the idioms are handy if you are working with a seocnd language.
Educational Themes: This story draws on a common theme for young children exploring friendship and their desire to be "just like" their friend. The story can be enjoyed just as it is, or it can be an introduction to talking about what you like about your friends (beyond looks!), making the most of your own assets, and self esteem.