Bilingual Firsts: First 100 Words: English and Spanish and Letters: English and Spanish by Susie Jaramillo

818UTEB+mrL._AC_UY218_Bilingual Firsts: First 100 Words: English and Spanish (9781945635298) and Letters: English and Spanish (9781945635335) by Susie Jaramillo. Encantos, 2020.

Format:  Board Book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

71p+tFZE3RL._AC_UY218_Genre:  Board book/concepts

What did you like about the book? In First 100 Words, familiar settings, animals and places are presented in English and Spanish, with each opening showing a different category, such as, sports, nature, and transportation, as well as the characters in all of the Canticos books. In Letters, the cute baby chicks (Nicky, Kiki and Ricky), Sammy the bunny and other re-occuring characters present the letters of the alphabet, with two to nine words per opening, and their translation. Easily identifiable images are portrayed by bright digital art.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The art is commercial looking, as if it belongs on packaging. The back cover contains advertising for the website, where there are free activities and stickers, and also lots of stuff to buy.

To whom would you recommend this book? Day cares and public libraries, where Spanish language books are popular

Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: August 3, 2020

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