CriticasK-Gr 2-Lo siento tells the story of two toddlers, a boy and a girl, who play together idyllically until one day they end up shouting at each other. They don't speak about it and pretend they don't care, but the truth is, the fight is important to both of them. The story ends with the hope that each will say "I'm sorry" and reconcile, but it doesn't say specifically that this happens. Lopez Varela's translation feels heavy-handed and awkward throughout. The plot's slow pace, combined with the soft pastel illustrations, will appeal mostly to adults looking for a bedtime story or a source of bibliotherapy. Recommended as an additional purchase for libraries with large Spanish-languagecollections.
Tim Wadham, Maricopa Cty. Lib. District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.