Soap, Soap, Soap / Jabon, Jabon, Jabon

Soap, Soap, Soap / Jabon, Jabon, Jabon

by Elizabeth O. Dulemba
     
 

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Hugo's mamNB sends him to the store to buy soap. Of course, Hugo takes the long way there which gets him into loads of trouble and plenty of mud. With all his adventures, he keeps forgetting what he's supposed to buy at the store. But through each mishap he's somehow reminded he needs soap, soap, soap ~ jabon, jabon, jabon! Hugo ends up a muddy mess, but he

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Hugo's mamNB sends him to the store to buy soap. Of course, Hugo takes the long way there which gets him into loads of trouble and plenty of mud. With all his adventures, he keeps forgetting what he's supposed to buy at the store. But through each mishap he's somehow reminded he needs soap, soap, soap ~ jabon, jabon, jabon! Hugo ends up a muddy mess, but he finally prevails. He buys the soap and returns home only to discover that his mamNB plans to use the soap on him! Soap takes the classic Appalachian Jack Tale and gives it a modern twist. The story now takes place in a small rural town with a sweet little troublemaker named Hugo. The artwork is drawn with graphite and rendered digitally using bright, happy colors reminiscent of this playful tale. The story is presented in English text with embedded Spanish in rojo. The sprinkling of Spanish easily introduces key words using both story context and illustrations to aid in the fun and learning.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mandy Cruz
Hugo's mom hands Hugo money and asks him to run to the corner store for one simple thing—soap. Instead Hugo takes the long way to the store, reminiscent of the roundabout trails taken by the kids in the Family Circle comic strip, splashing in mud, getting thrown in a ditch by the school bully and running into a pile of broken eggs. With each step Hugo recites "soap, soap, soap" to remind himself what he is charged with retrieving for his mother but each obstacle threatens to throw him off course. A very cute story that both children and their parents can relate to with illustrations that expertly portray the activity in the story. Kids will identify with Hugo's lack of concentration and the irony of Hugo's need for the soap once he finally returns home. Reviewer: Mandy Cruz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–Hugo’s mother sends him off to the store to buy soap. On his way, the boy slips in a mud puddle, is wrongfully blamed for causing an old woman to drop her eggs, and is accosted by the school bully. Although he keeps forgetting what he is supposed to buy, sweet little Hugo perseveres, buys the soap, and navigates his way back home. His mother does not ask any questions but ushers him off to the tub. In spite of this, Hugo remains optimistic and seems happy with a hardy scrubbing. Full-color acrylics in bright oranges, yellows, greens, and earth tones fill the pages. Dulemba exhibits exceptional talent for capturing the key action, utilizing perspective and integrating human emotion into her characters’ expressions. Predominantly in English, the bilingual text intersperses basic Spanish words, which are highlighted in red ink. A useful choice for children just learning Spanish.–Cristi Jenkins, Fort Vancouver Library District, WA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934960622
Publisher:
Raven Tree Press, LLC
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Edition description:
Bilingual: English-Spanish Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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