How Do You Say?: Como Se Dice? (Bilingual English/ Spanish)

by Angela Dominguez (Author) Angela Dominguez (Illustrator)

How Do You Say?: Como Se Dice? (Bilingual English/ Spanish)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Hello! ¡Hola! Some people speak Spanish. Some people speak English. Although we may not speak the same language, some things, like friendship, are universal!

Follow two young giraffes as they meet, celebrate, and become friends. This bilingual tale will have readers eager to meet new friends and amigos.

Sigue a dos jirafas jóvenes mientras se conocen, celebran y se hacen amigas. Este cuento bilingüe tendrá lectores ansiosos por conocer nuevos amigos y amigas.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--Young children will delight in the antics of two endearing giraffes in this bilingual picture book. This work makes ample use of white space to help readers focus on the plot, and each page presents just one word or short phrase, first in English and then in Spanish, with a word shared by both on one spread. Initially, an English- and a Spanish-speaking giraffe meander unknowingly toward each other as they eat. "Oooh," says one. "Aaah," declares the other. "Food!" exclaims one, and "Comida!" shouts the other. However, neither giraffe notices the other until they are eating from the very same tree. Although they speak different languages, the pair find ways to communicate and common interests that make for a joyful day. Considering the limited number of words in the book, readers must pay close attention to its visual clues. Yet its endearing illustrations provide just enough foreshadowing so that very young children, with adult scaffolding, can make predictions about the story. VERDICT When combined with adult guidance, this small book will be a favorite for repeated, interactive read-alouds given its child-friendly visual appeal and theme of friendship across languages.--Ruth Quiroa, National Louis University, IL

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Publishers Weekly

Two look-alike giraffes mirror each other's behavior and exchange simple words in Spanish and English in this upbeat tribute to language. "Food!" declares the English-speaking giraffe. "Comida!" says the other. Both dip their long necks to drink water, and after declaring that they are friends, they don party hats amid a shower of balloons and confetti ("Party! Fiesta!"), then fall asleep in heap. Dominguez's bold, playful pictures keep the focus squarely on the giraffes' one-on-one interactions as she demonstrates something that many children know intuitively: speaking different languages is a minor detail when it comes to making new friends. Ages 2-4. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Nov.)

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Review quotes

Praise for "Maria Had a Little Llama / Maria Tenia Una Llamita"

A fresh and enjoyable reimagining of a traditional children's rhyme. "Kirkus Reviews"

A solid addition to a bilingual storytime program. "The Bulletin""

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
November 20, 2016
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV002320 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Giraffes
Library of Congress categories
Spanish language materials
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
Friendship in children
Language and languages
JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Giraffes

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