As a bilingual introduction to a toddler's ABCs, this book stands out. It is no wonder that it has won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame's Mariposa Award, the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award, and the Writer's Digest Certificate of Merit. The book's size and hardy board-book material are perfect for curious little hands. The colorful and chunky pictures of toddler favorites such as an airplane, a flower, a robot, a train, and a sun are bright and delightful. However, it is the unique addition of less familiar objects that make this book a winner. Q is for quetzal, a beautiful tropical bird from Central America and national bird of Guatemala. N is for nanadu, a South American bird similar to an ostrich. The letter I isn't represented with an igloo, but an island. And G is for guitar. The book also captures something of a cross-cultural exchange between the U.S. and Spanish-speaking countries. Xilofono for most of the Spanish-speaking world is a marimba, but in this collection is translated from Xylophone. And W stand for Washington, the accompanying drawing being a U.S. quarter head side up. The only caution is that the Spanish in this book doesn't reflect the many dialects found around the world. For example, the word balls is translated bolas, used more often in Spain, rather than pelotas, which is more common in Central and South America. 2000, Me+Mi Publishing, Ages 6 mo. to 6.
Michelle Negron Bueno