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Noteworthy Children's Books in Spanish.

Fostering the love of reading in Spanish-speaking children (and those eager to learn Spanish) is certainly easier with wonderful, imaginative books. The following collection of books in Spanish will provide young (and adult) readers with joyous experiences.

Bussolati, Emanuela BIMBO OYE. (Bimbo Hears.) Il. by Francesca Crovara. Trans. from the Italian by Ana Tortajada. (Libro Nido) ISBN84-414-0389-9. Madrid: Editorial EDAF, 1998. 30pp. $10.95. The very young will i0e enthralled with this board book, which will withstand a lot of abuse. On colorful backgrounds with a minimum of detail, toddlers are asked to provide common sounds (Como hace el perro? ... el ga to? ... la vaca?) and identify everyday activities. Also in this series: Bimbo mira (Bimbo Looks), Bimbo juega (Bimbo Plays), Bimbo come (Bimbo Eats), Bimbo duerme (Bimbo Sleeps), and Bimbo en casa (Bimbo at Home). Ages 1-3.

dePaola, Tomie MEMO Y LEO. (Bill and Pete.) II. by author. Trans. by Elena Iribarren. ISBN 980-257-223-3. Caracas: Ediciones Ekare, 1998. 32 pp. $7.95. Inspired by the Egyptian plover, which acts as a crocodile toothbrush, dePaola developed this charming story. He uses his characteristic solid, chunky illustrations, this time of crocodiles and birds, in soft pastels and uses just the right amount of humor and tenderness. This Spanish rendition of Memo and Leo's adventures along the banks of the Nile maintains all the zest of the original. Ages 4-7.

Heap, Sue PEQUENO COWBOY. (Cowboy Baby.) ISBN84-88342-13-6. Madrid: Editorial Kokinos, 1997. 28 pp. $17.95. Spanish-speaking children and adults alike will be charmed by Cowboy, the chubby toddler. Tiny cowboy hat perched atop his head, Cowboy insists that he cannot go to bed until he finds his toys: el osito Texas, el perrito Denver, and el caballito Lunares. After locating them, Cowboy decides to hide rather than go to bed. Papa lassos a twinkling star, which Papa uses to deputize Pequeno Cowboy, who is finally ready to go inside. The watercolor and acrylic artwork is executed in the golds, tans, and browns of the Southwestern landscape. Ages 4-6.

Henkes, Kevin LILY Y SU BOLSO DE PLASTICO MORADO. (Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.) Il. by the author. ISBN 84-241-3190-8. Leon: Editorial Everest, 1998. Unp. $9.95. Lily, a delightful mouse girl, has started school and loves everything about it, especially her wonderful teacher, Sr. Slinger. When Lily gets flashy sunglasses, a brand new purple purse, and three coins, she cannot wait to show them off to her classmates and beloved teacher. When she distracts the class with her treasures, however, Sr. Slinger confiscates them. Suddenly, he becomes "el malvado y gordo Sr. Slinger." Readers will readily identify with Lily's range of emotions--anger, disappointment, hurt, joy. This smooth Spanish rendition includes the original bustling and inventive artwork. Ages 7-9.

Konigslow, Andrea Wayne von EN EL BANO. (Toilet Tales.) Il. by the author. ISBN 980-257-208-X. Caracas: Ediciones Ekarb, 1998. 24 pp. $9.95. With humor and good taste, this delightful book describes why animals could never use the toilet the way children do. The lion would think it was his throne. The hen would believe it to be her nest. The fish would think he was in the ocean. The charming, full-page, color illustrations of animals in incongruous situations, coupled with the simple, brief text, make this an ideal toilet training story. Ages 3-6.

Lionni, Leo UNA PIEDRA EXTRAORDINARIA. (An Extraordinary Egg.) Il. by the author. Trans. by Verbnica Uribe. ISBN 980-257-239-X. Caracas: Ediciones Ekare, 1998. 32 pp. $7.95. Young Spanish speakers who are old enough to know the difference between alligators and chickens will enjoy the confusion when Jessica the frog discovers an egg that her friend Marilyn identifies as a chicken egg. Even though a baby alligator hatches, the frogs continue to call it a chicken and are amused when the mother calls him "mi dulce y pequeno caiman." Despite the slight story, Lionni's distinctive collages of cut papers, shaded with crayons or oil pastels, make this a mildly appealing tale for Lionni fans. Ages 4-7.

Mayne, William PANDORA. (Pandora.) Il. by Dietlind Blech Trans. by Pilar Garriga. ISBN 84-89675-63-5. Barcelona: Editorial Zendrera Zariquiey, 1997. 24 pp. $15.95. Pandora, a black cat, cannot understand why the new baby is now the center of attention. Feeling dejected and unloved, she leaves the house and becomes a wild cat. After the birth of her own two kittens, however, she realizes that, like her, the man and woman love their baby more than anything in the world. Thus, she is ready to return to their house with her two kittens. The bright, full-page color spreads of Pandora in a happy home and in the wild are the best part of this book. Cat lovers will be especially enchanted. Ages 7-9.

McKee, David CEBRA TIENE HIPO. (Zebra's Hiccups.) Il. by the author. Trans. by Carmen Diana Dearden. ISBN 980-257-227-6. Caracas: Ediciones Ekare 1998. 26 pp. $7.95. McKee's bold, colorful illustrations introduce readers to Cebra, who has a serious case of hiccups. Her animal friends offer numerous solutions to her plight. Cebra's predicament will entertain young Spanish readers as they consider the various awkward remedies. Unfortunately, the small size--6 1/2" x 8"--of this publication limits its use to individual reading/viewing. Ages 5-8.

Silverstein, Shel QUIEN QUIERE UN RINOCERONTE BARATO? (Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?) Trans. by Nestor Busquets. ISBN 84-264-3697-8. Barcelona: Editorial Lumen, 1998. 56 pp. $17.95. Silverstein's nonsense and slapstick humor are cheerfully reproduced in this amusing Spanish rendition that relates the many ad vantages of obtaining a cheap rhinoceros. Young readers will enjoy the improbable characters and situations, as well as the original witty, black-and-white line illustrations that show a rhinoceros inside a child's home. Ages 5-8.

Titus, Eve EL RATON ANATOL. (Anatole.) Il. by Julia Garcia Mora. Trans. by P. Rozarena. ISBN 84-348-6164-X. Madrid: Ediciones SM, 1998. 64 pp. $9.95. This 1957 Caldecott honor book, originally illustrated by Paul Galdone, is now available in a fresh Spanish rendition with Garcia Mora's joyous, almost cartoonish, illustrations done with thin, black lines and pastel watercolors. Anatol, the happiest mouse in all of France, overhears humans saying that mice are horrible, undesirable creatures. So, he decides to teach humans a lesson and becomes a most successful vice president in a cheese-making factory. Ages 6-8.

Isabel Schon is Director, Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents, California State University San Marcos.
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