Alphabet Fiesta: An English/Spanish Alphabet Story

Overview

For Alphabet Fiesta, Anne Miranda commissioned six- to eight-year-olds in Madrid to create the art. The result is a witty, charming stroll through the alphabet in two languages. It begins with Armand the armadillo, who receives “an absolutely adorable invitation to a surprise party” (“una invitacion absolutamente adorable, le invitaban a la fiesta sorpresa”) and ends at that party for Zaza the zebra. In between, young readers meet an engaging cast of characters who entertain ...
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Overview

For Alphabet Fiesta, Anne Miranda commissioned six- to eight-year-olds in Madrid to create the art. The result is a witty, charming stroll through the alphabet in two languages. It begins with Armand the armadillo, who receives “an absolutely adorable invitation to a surprise party” (“una invitacion absolutamente adorable, le invitaban a la fiesta sorpresa”) and ends at that party for Zaza the zebra. In between, young readers meet an engaging cast of characters who entertain while they teach.
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School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-In a lighthearted A-to-Z romp, similar to Jane Bayer's A My Name Is Alice (Dutton, 1992) or Crescent Dragonwagon's Alligator Arrived with Apples (Macmillan, 1987), all of Zelda Zebra's friends plan to attend her surprise party and look to bring something to make her birthday really special. Finding words that begin with the same letter in both English and Spanish is challenging, and the text works a tad better in English. However, overall both versions succeed in using the letter of the page consistently while creating a cohesive story. The illustrations, done by grade-school-aged children living in Spain, have a certain primitive charm and freshness. The mediums vary, from watercolor (the majority) to colored pencil, oil pastel to marker, but all of the pictures are big and bright, balancing nicely with the text on the facing page. This is a good tool not only for instruction in the Spanish alphabet but for inspiring art projects as well. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974556314
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Format: VHS - NTSC
  • Age range: 3 years

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