PreS-K-- A little girl leaves home one morning and, hand in hand with her father, walks across town to her ballet lesson. This simple narrative is presented in English, Spanish, and Japanese. Pronunciations are given for the Spanish and Japanese text. The watercolor illustrations are impressionistic, and impart the busy atmosphere of a big city perfectly. Young readers will be fascinated to hear the way the minimal text sounds in three different languages and will be engaged by the obviously supportive home from which the child comes. An interesting purchase for most libraries, this title has a particular place in collections dealing with Pacific Rim cultures. --Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
As they walk from home to ballet class, a little girl and her father enjoy their city neighborhood. They have their picture taken, pet a horse, admire a chalk picture, tip a street musician, watch the traffic, sniff the flowers, look at the pet store fish, and finally arrive at ballet school in time for class. While the trip is nothing out of the ordinary, young children may enjoy the pleasant picture of city life, agreeably illustrated in Auclair's pastels. The text is a little unusual. Each illustration is accompanied by a simple word or two in three languages: English, Spanish, and Japanese. Why these three particular languages were chosen is not totally clear. From the artwork, father and daughter appear to be of Japanese ancestry. Is the mother Latina? CIP assumes she is. In any case, phonetic spellings are included parenthetically for the Spanish and Japanese words and phrases. Translations and phonetic spellings have been verified by Berlitz Translation Services. For large picture book collections and for libraries seeking multilingual picture books.