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CriticasPreS-Gr 2-These slim volumes are essentially mini-picture dictionaries. Each spread features cartoon drawings of an animal or mode of transportation, with the name of the item in both Spanish and English. The books appear to be geared for English speakers learning Spanish. A phonetic pronunciation appears below each Spanish word in smaller type. El transporte includes an array of basic vehicles, from boats to airplanes, while Los animales salvajes features a mixture of jungle creatures and animals from other environments, such as polar bears and kangaroos. Beaton's simple, bold, cartoon-style art will certainly appeal to a young audience. Libraries with young Spanish speakers learning English or vice versa may be interested in these books, but they might be better served by a larger, more complete, bilingual picture dictionary.
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