Eight Animals on the Town

Eight Animals on the Town

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by Susan Middleton Elya, Lee Chapman
     
 

A skillful mix of English and Spanish adds a special flair to this lively, rhythmic picture book. It's non-stop fun when eight animal friends-ocho animales-head out to the market to find their supper. There's queso for the mouse, leche for the cat, and much more. And when all of the animals are fed, it's off to the baile to dance the night away! Brought to life

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A skillful mix of English and Spanish adds a special flair to this lively, rhythmic picture book. It's non-stop fun when eight animal friends-ocho animales-head out to the market to find their supper. There's queso for the mouse, leche for the cat, and much more. And when all of the animals are fed, it's off to the baile to dance the night away! Brought to life with Lee Chapman's bold illustrations, this is a great way to introduce young readers to a new language, as well as a great tool to help Spanish-speakers learn English.

"An engaging choice for early readers." (Booklist)

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
As we meet each animal in a few lines of verse, we are introduced to the Spanish words for the numbers and some key items. The mouse, cat, dog, bird, frog, horse, cow, and pig each stop at the market to buy something to eat before going on to dance the night away. There is a glossary and pronunciation guide for the 40-odd Spanish words used in the text. Since nouns almost never appear in Spanish without articles, this may not be the best way for readers to learn them, but it is painless fun. Chapman's framed single and double-page paintings depict the animals and appropriate settings in a stylized fashion, using warm, intense colors to suggest a "south of the border" climate. The dog's scene, for example, is framed with bones and set at a butcher shop. The direct visual appeal suggests folk art along with some fun. 2000, G. P. Putnam's Sons. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-A rhyming romp that introduces readers to numbers and vocabulary in Spanish. Eight animals each go to the market and purchase critter-appropriate supper supplies. "First comes a mouse. He's a rat-n./N mero uno, out on his own./Off to the market he hurries for cheese./`Since I'm a rat-n, I'd like queso, please.'" Together the animals enjoy their evening repast, go dancing, and then drive home. A glossary and pronunciation guide is provided for readers unfamiliar with the language. While the text has wit and whimsy, the illustrations are absolutely delectable. Bright oils on canvas capture qualities of Mexican folk art as tidy borders augment the text. Illustrative details are sure to tickle observant youngsters (the bird's high-tops, numbers and words tucked into the art, additional vocabulary here and there). It is not easy to blast a concept book out of the didactic, but this collaborative team has created a book that is more fun than function, with the learning deftly layered throughout. A rewarding choice for reading aloud or for poring over the pictures.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399234378
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Middleton Elya has taught Spanish and is the author of over twenty books. 

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