Marta! Big and Small
Author Jen Arena
Illustrated by Angela Dominquez
review copy from public library
What a delightful book and I was learning so many things! Marta! Big and Small is listed as a bilingual read aloud in the blurb on the book jacket. This is my first bilingual book to read that put learning Spanish words within the context of a story. I've read books that included words from another language but in a format where in this case the Spanish word and immediately followed with text to show what that means in English is wonderful. For example; "To an elephant, Marta is pequena. Small, very small." Marta has lots of animal friends and sometimes acts like her animal friends. I love the last page where she has a sketchbook with drawings of her friends. I personally learned a lot by reading this book and think students will really enjoy it.