Ve Lo Que Dices/See What You Say : Modismos En Espanol E Ingles/Spanish and English Idiom S

Ve Lo Que Dices/See What You Say : Modismos En Espanol E Ingles/Spanish and English Idiom S

by Nancy Maria Grande Tabor
     
 

In this entertaining, bilingual exploration of language, children are introduced to a second language and get a glimpse of another culture. VE LO QUE DICES/SEE WHAT YOU SAY explores the ways two different cultures view their own languages through familiar idioms. Sometimes the words we use have a different meaning from what we say. For instance, if a person becomes

Overview

In this entertaining, bilingual exploration of language, children are introduced to a second language and get a glimpse of another culture. VE LO QUE DICES/SEE WHAT YOU SAY explores the ways two different cultures view their own languages through familiar idioms. Sometimes the words we use have a different meaning from what we say. For instance, if a person becomes hasty and does things out of order, in English we say he has put the cart before the horse. In Spanish he is starting to build the house at the roof. Although they mean the same thing, the literal sense of these phrases is quite different. In VE LO QUE DICES/SEE WHAT YOU SAY, these contrasting expressions become charming and vivid vignettes.

Nancy María Grande Tabor's signature cut paper illustrations are remarkable in their three-dimensional quality and light-hearted presentation of some very off-the-wall phrases. Children and adults alike will have a great time guessing what idiom each illustration represents.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Twelve idioms are contrasted in bilingual text and illustrated with simple collages. It is "raining by jugs" in Spanish or "Raining cats and dogs" in English; you "throw daisies to the pigs" in Spanish and "pearls before swine" in English. Undistinguished cut paper illustrations show an animal taking the cake, or "empiezas la casa por el tejado" (building the house from the roof down) or standing with head in the clouds. The book calls attention to the many way people say things and would make a good companion to Spanish or English language study or to introducing the vagaries of a language to non-native speakers.
Bonnie Fowler
Family members as well as classmates will find some common ground to enjoy.
Bookbag Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570913761
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Edition description:
Spanish Language Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,078,781
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Maria Grande Tabor is the author of several bilingual books for Charlesbridge, including EL GUSTO DEL MERCADO MEXICANO/A TASTE OF THE MEXICAN MARKET, SOMOS UN ARCOS IRIS/WE ARE A RAINBOW, CINCUENTA EN LA CEBRA/FIFTY ON THE ZEBRA, and ALBERTINA ANDA ARRIBA/ALBERTINA GOES UP. Nancy is a bilingual teacher in Sonoma, California. She often speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences to emphasize the need for language-rich books in Spanish. She stresses the importance of understanding other cultures and the reflection of culture through literature in both her presentations and her books.

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