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Mamá, Papá, Sister, and Brother Ratón go for a picnic on a beautiful day. After a delicious lunch, Mamá and Papá smooch--eeewww!--and Brother and Sister must find something to do. And what could be more fun than teasing the cat behind the fence?
Once upon a time there was a family of mice. There was Mamá Ratón, Papá Ratón, and Brother and Sister Ratón. They all went on a picnic on a beautiful day.
Mamá had a beautiful voice and sang as she walked.
Papá had big muscles (or so he thought). He carried a huge picnic basket.
Sister was older than Brother and was very brave.
Brother had big muscles like his dad (or so he thought) and was almost as brave as his sister.
"Boo!" said Sister. "Yikes!" said Brother.
As they searched for a place to eat, they passed a tall fence.
"Psst! Hermana! I hear a cat lives behind this fence!" said Brother.
"I'm not scared of any cat," said Sister.
"Me, neither," said Brother
Mamá sang a pretty song while Brother and Sister helped Papá unload the food.
Papá said, "Here are the medianoches, and the pollo frito, and the congrí, and the bread, and the lemonade. What are you all going to eat?"
"Papá, you are so bad!" said Mamá.
"I have to eat a lot to keep these muscles so huge!" said Pamá.
When they were done eating, Brother and Sister said, "Mamá, Papá! Vamos a jugar. We want to go play."
"Children, you go play by yourselves," said Mamá. "Me and Papá, we're going to stay here and smooch."
Papá said, "Yippee!" And they started smooching. Smmooocch!
Brother and Sister said, "Eeewwww!" So they went to play by themselves.
They played hide-and-go-seek. Sister was always It.
They played fútbol. Sister scored again!
The played "close your eyes and spin till you fall down."
They both won!
They had a great time.
They went to check on Mamá and Papá.
Mamá and Papá were still smooching. Smmooocch!
So Brother and Sister went and played some more.
Excerpted from The Barking Mouse by Antonio Sacre, Alfredo Aguirre. Copyright © 2003 Antonio Sacre. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
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Great bi-lingual story, students love everything about this book, including the 'smooching' part! They loved all the characters and want it read again and again.
My son's first childrens book and he did a excellent job !!! I read it to children at a day care that I worked in and they all giggled over the parent's smooching and they liked the whole story .
This book is a big hit at my house. It's probably not the best for bedtime because it has my boys rolling with giggles, especially the smooching part. What can I say--they are 4 and 7! Good story intersperesed with Spanish words, and includes a glossary. A very funny way of driving home the need to know more than one language.