How Are You?: ¿Cómo Estás? (Bilingual English/Spanish)

by Angela Dominguez (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

When two giraffe friends find a baby ostrich, they have some questions. Is baby ostrich hungry? Shy? Tired? Ostrich says no! So how does she feel? Friendship awaits in this book about feelings.

Cuando dos amigas jirafas encuentran un bebé avestruz, tienen algunas preguntas. ¿Tiene hambre el bebé avestruz? ¿Tímido? ¿Cansado? ¡El avestruz dice que no! Entonces, ¿cómo se siente? La amistad aguarda en este libro sobre los sentimientos.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--Two charismatic giraffes explore emotions with a new bilingual friend. Dominguez's giraffes, first featured in How Do You Say?/¿Cómo se dice?, meet a seemingly stoic ostrich and try to guess how it is feeling. The giraffes, who speak Spanish and English respectively, shoot off questions about emotions ranging from shy/tímida to excited/emocionada, their curiosity growing each time the ostrich replies with a simple "no." Despite speaking different languages, the giraffes understand each other, and ultimately discover that the ostrich can understand both of them when it finally responds to their inquiries using Spanglish ("Because I have new amigos!"). This light allegorical touch adds depth to the playful narrative and is a nod to bilingual readers. Dominguez adds charm and humor to her signature pencil and tissue paper illustrations by depicting the giraffes' attempts to act out what each possible emotion would look like, such as hiding behind a tree to show feeling scared/miedo, or a close-up of their furrowed stares to depict annoyed/irritada. Readers familiar with Dominguez's previous title will be delighted by the familiar celebratory ending. VERDICT This amusing and accessible bilingual read-aloud is a great addition to picture book collections.--Jessica Agudelo, New York Public Library

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"First introduced to this friendly pair of giraffes—one Spanish-speaking, the other Anglophone—in How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo se dice?, readers now find them greeting an ostrich . . . . Here's hoping these endearing giraffes will continue making plenty of amigos." —Kirkus Reviews

How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo se dice?

"Young children will delight in the antics of two endearing giraffes in this bilingual picture book." —School Library Journal

"This charming story is as light as air yet carries heft." —Kirkus Reviews

"As appealing to look at as it is to listen to, this book . . . provides opportunities to bring together those learning English, learning Spanish, or just learning how to make new friends and amigos." —The Horn Book

"Dominguez's bold, playful pictures . . . [demonstrate] something that many children know intuitively: Speaking different languages is a minor detail when it comes to making new friends." —Publishers Weekly

Angela Dominguez
Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City, grew up in the great state of Texas, and now resides in Brooklyn. She has written and illustrated several previous books for children, including Maria Had a Little Llama, a Pura Belpré Honor Book, and How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo se dice? As a child, she loved reading books and making a mess creating pictures. She's delighted to still be doing both.
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Henry Holt & Company
Publication date
March 13, 2018
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002040 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Birds
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV002370 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Baby Animals
JUV002320 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Giraffes
Library of Congress categories
Spanish language materials
Language and languages

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