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CriticasPreS-Gr 3-These colorful titles present a variety of animals and trucks, with the parts labeled clearly. An explanatory paragraph is included for each spread, as is a "(Sabias que...?" ("Did you know?") box and a photograph. Every fourth or fifth spread combines the trucks or animals from previous ones and presents questions from the text about the activities shown. Each book concludes with a cumulative story, two easily solved puzzles, a true or false quiz, and a one-column index. The strength of both titles is in the illustrative material, which is attractively presented and clearly labeled. Enough information is given in either title to serve as a report source for primary grade level, while younger children will enjoy the pictorial elements. The stories are dull and didactic and could quite easily be eliminated, as could the puzzles and the true or false section. Interestingly, both titles are stronger in Spanish than in English. The prose is straightforward and does not condescend to the audience. Best suited for home use, these are solid purchases for bookstores wanting to offer more in the way of juvenile nonfiction in Spanish.
—Ann Welton, Grant Center for the Expressive Arts, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.