Wednesday, September 12, 2012

REFORMA Review: Count on Culebra

Count on Culebra: Go from 1 to 10 in Spanish
By Ann Whitford Paul, illustrated by Ethan Long
Holiday House, 2008. Unpaged. $16.95 (Hardcover). ISBN 978-0-8234-2124-4. 
Grades 1-3 
English with some Spanish

Not your traditional counting book, this convoluted story follows Culebra’s attempts to rid Iguana of the pain from her stubbed toe. Young readers are introduced to the Spanish words for 1-10 via a collection of cooking utensils tied to Iguana’s tail. While the bright gouache illustrations are busy on some spreads, children cannot resist counting the menagerie of cooking tools. A pronunciation guide and glossary are provided along with a recipe for Cactus Butter Dulces. This is a secondary purchase for libraries with noted reservations in the ability to teach Spanish numeric words and overall design.

Naidoo, J. C. (2008). Count on Culebra: Go from 1 to 10 in Spanish. Written by Ann Whitford Paul. Illus. by Ethan Long. REFORMA Newsletter, 26 (1/2), 23.

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