Look How Lovely!: Mira qué lindo! A Bilingual Book

Look How Lovely!: Mira qué lindo! A Bilingual Book

by Marti Skarupa


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What a lucky little boy!

Today is the day he gets to go on a walk with his grandma and grandpa-and oh! The sights they will see! It begins with a walk to a nearby slope where they see an enormous tree with branches like strong arms against a blue-blue-blue sky. They see the squirrel that lives in the tree and hides behind its leaves, the bird as it glides across the sky, and the magic clouds above them. All of this and their walk is just beginning.

Soon they find the beauty of flowers, the delightful buzz of the bees as they jump from flower to flower, the butterflies that flit from here to there, and the rain that pelts their clothes and fills puddles for the earth to drink. Then the magic of a rainbow appears! And just when you thought the day was as great as it could be, the walk goes on and the miracles of nature continue until the stars bring the sparkle of diamonds in the night sky-and the end of an extraordinary adventure right in your own backyard.

A jubilant, wondrous trip with family members that are always at the top of every child's list of favorite people, Marti Skarupa's joyful romp through a perfect summer's day is also an excellent way to introduce and teach kids a new language. Teaching the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary experiences of our daily life, she reminds us all of the boundless miracles that surround us if we only stop and look. The perfect recipe for the perfect day with your own youngster, Look How Lovely! ¡Mira qué lindo! will bring happiness to your child-and warmth to your heart.

Unos abuelitos llevan a su nietecito a dar un paseo donde él descubre la belleza y encanto de la naturaleza que le rodea.

El pequeño lector se deleitará con la poesía y las ilustraciones. Más importante él se fijará que el mundo es muy lindo, pero él es: ¡un tesoro para amar!

En inglés y español para que los niños puedan escuchar los sonidos de cada idioma y quizás aprender algo de la belleza de cada lengua.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480087378
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/24/2013
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Marti Skarupa has a bachelor's degree in education and a master's in educational psychology from Kent State University. Her professional teaching experience ranges from children in preschool and Montessori to young adults in high school to whom she taught ESL and Spanish as a foreign language. Skarupa has also traveled extensively to Spanish-speaking countries, where she has worked as an interpreter and translator for American businessmen in Mexico and South America. A published author of travel articles and short stories, Skarupa currently splits her time between Ohio and South Carolina.

Tras licenciarse en pedagogía, Marti Skarupa realizó una maestría en psicología educativa. Ella tiene experiencia con niños pre-escolares y Montessori, así como, con primarias y con jóvenes de colegios secundarios.

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Look How Lovely!: Mira qué lindo! A Bilingual Book 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite Have you ever stared up at the clouds and imagined them to be different shapes or looked at the beautiful night sky with all its twinkling stars? The beauty of nature and the innocence of our youth will always be refreshing gifts of life. Come travel with a boy and his grandparents on their day trip, discovering the beauties of nature and enjoying each other's company on a long walk together.  Look How Lovely!: ¡Mira qué lindo! A Bilingual Book written by Marti Skarupa is a delightful and charming children's book which introduces readers to the purity and beauty of nature as well as two languages, English and Spanish. Author Marti Skarupa skillfully writes a humble and heartwarming story concentrating on the simple things in life. By describing what the boy and his grandparents see on their walk, and then also using an analogy with each description, the author enables the story to be easily comprehended and exciting for readers young and old. Using both the English and Spanish language allows for this book to not only be fun and creative, but highly educational and intriguing for young readers, as they are like sponges and will retain and absorb the information easily. Children are curious by nature. Upon reading this book or having it read to them, they are likely to turn it into an interactive activity. They may very well want to see what they can find on a walk in nature with their grandparents, parents, friends, siblings, or guardians, thus making this book a valuable treasure. Therefore with its creative drawings, unique story plot, educational and intriguing language, and interactive nature, this book is sure to touch the hearts and minds of many readers.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jeffrey Brooke-Stewart for Readers' Favorite Marti Skarupa has produced a little gem with her children’s book Look How Lovely!: ¡Mira qué lindo! Remembering how I would read from illustrated books to my small children drew me to this book, and I was not disappointed. The book simply follows a grandfather and grandmother taking their small grandson on a late day walk. It begins in the afternoon as they walk through a grassy meadow with some huge old trees. The boy, being unable to extend his arms around the tree, is enchanted with their girth. The antics of a squirrel and the beauty of a blue sky are shared. A brief shower does nothing to dampen the boy’s pleasure, while the rainbow that follows becomes another source of wonder. And so the walk progresses as they meet birds and insects and flowers, and it continues on into the sunset and the early stars of evening. All of these experiences are so simply and charmingly described that a young reader, or a child to whom the book is being read, will readily understand them. Each experience includes a quote from the grandparents challenging the boy to see how lovely each of those experiences is. The colored illustrations are simple and graceful. The expressions on the little boy’s face describe his feelings beautifully. My favorite is the very last entry as grandparents and grandson sit on their porch and look back on the day. I will share the text for just that one experience to illustrate the author’s approach. “Up the porch steps they climbed together. And on the porch swing the boy sat happily between his grandparents. Soon night fell. The grandmother looked at the sky and in a hushed voice said: ‘Look how lovely the stars are! Faraway lights, Diamonds in the sky, They wink us a good night.’ The boy looked and winked back at the stars.” An added bonus is that the book is bilingual. Each experience is written in Spanish and English, each with its own illustration. The book is an excellent tool for a child who is seeking to master both languages. This is a delightful little book that is strongly recommended.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Look How Lovely!: ¡Mira qué lindo! is a bilingual (Spanish and English) children's book written and illustrated by Marti Skarupa. It chronicles a nature outing of a young boy with his grandparents. They walk through forests, fields and grassy lands, and see butterflies and bees and birds. The grandparents exclaim their delight at all the beauties of nature and share their pleasure with their grandchild. Even the drops of rain that fall are things to be treasured and sometimes are even followed by a rainbow. The story is told in both English and Spanish, with separate pages and full-color illustrations for each translation, allowing readers to doubly enjoy the story.  Wow! I love this book. I had a huge smile on my face as I read Marti Skarupa's bilingual children's book, Look How Lovely!: ¡Mira qué lindo! It is an enchanting book with prose that somehow manages to have a musical, lyrical quality in both languages, and illustrations that are stunning. This book is a magnificent effort that reveals the author's love of nature and appreciation for the grandparents who showed her how lovely life and nature is. Skarupa goes the extra yard and gives the reader two illustrations for each page of text, one for each language version. It makes for a rich and full experience, and is one of the most enjoyable bilingual reading experiences I've come across. You don't have to be a little kid to love this book, but if you do know any kids, you'll probably want to read this aloud with them. Look How Lovely!: ¡Mira qué lindo! is a marvelous children's book that blends nature with language, and it works very well indeed.