The Big Bong Boo
The Big Bong Boo was always sad because did not fit in. He decided to become a rock star so everyone would love him. The Big Bong Boo's true colors shine when he learns that he is loved and accepted just the way he is! An interactive story of love and acceptance for young children and their family.
I Want to be A Bald Eagle
Thomas Kingsley Troupe
Picture Window Books
Ever wish you could soar like an eagle? Step into Heather's life, as she transforms into the majestic bird. Take flight and learn all about a bald eagle's habitat, body, superpowers, and moreall from a bald eagle's perspective.
"A bailar! There's music in the park today--let's dance!" Marita and her mother are finishing their Saturday chores and anticipating Papi's salsa concert in the park that night, so Mami makes the broom her dance partner to show her daughter how to dance to the music. "Listen to the claves, the bongos, and the cowbells. Listen to the maracas, the timbales, and the giro, they will tell you how to move your shoulders, your hips, your feet." They dance faster and faster, so fast that they fall down on the floor laughing.
That afternoon, they put on their best dresses and dancing shoes, and old Don Jose says they look like "dos lindas flores." He follows them slowly, "his cane tapping out a salsa beat on the sidewalk." The music floats in and out of the barrio's alleys, calling listeners to move, move, move. Soon Marita and her mother are leading a parade of neighbors and friends dancing and singing their way to the concert. And at the park, Papi plays notes on his trombone that are a secret between him and Marita: te veo, te ve-o, te ve-o. I see you, I see you, I see you!
A Bailar!/ Let's Dance!
"You can't help but tap your feet as you read this book...The illustrations are as lively as the rhythm that urges you to move and the Spanish is so well woven into the story that bilingual readers don't even notice the shift from one language to the other." --Children's Literature
by Judith Ortiz Cofer