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Children's LiteratureThis book in the "Where I live/Donde vivo" series focuses on life in the country. Simple sentences, none longer than seven words, are written from the point of view of a child and highlight scenes that supposedly are found in the country. However, some of the sentences mention that flowers, trees, and grass grow in the country. Even young children will be able to point out that flowers, trees, and grass grow in towns and cities as well. In addition, several pages indicate that roosters, cows, and crickets all live in the country, although many country locations in America do not have any of these animals. To its credit, the book uses excellent language for its young audience and does offer a glossary, index, and places to go for more information; however, the information mentioned above presents a stereotypical view of the country. 2004, Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, Ages 2 to 5.
—Ramirose Attebury Wendt