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Children's LiteratureThis large picture dictionary is filled with more than thirty-five pages of vocabulary words depicting everyday scenes and items familiar to young children. The book begins with a table of contents and a short introduction to the book. The introduction briefly explains the concepts of masculine, feminine, and plural nouns in Spanish. Readers also learn that many of the twenty-two sections in the book double as "I Spy" activities. Items in these sections are placed outside of a border that frames each scene. Children will enjoy looking for each vocabulary word inside the scene. Sections covered include the family, the body, colors, shapes, numbers, mealtime, food, drink, fruit, vegetables, the kitchen, the table, the family room, the bedroom, the bathroom, the backyard, pets, the farm, the doctor, the dentist, the classroom, and sports. Although the words in each section do not contain pronunciation guides, a word list, alphabetized according the Spanish version of each word, appears at the end of the book. This list gives the Spanish pronunciation for each word. It also explains how some non-English letters are pronounced, such as n and ll. The color illustrations throughout the book are simple and easy to identify. This book would not only help young children learning new vocabulary, but would also help older students learning English or Spanish as their second language. 2004, School Specialty Children's Publishing, Ages 3 up.
—Ramirose Attebury Wendt