The Children’s Book Review
Written by Yasmin Rodriguez
Illustrated by Marian Carro
Age Range: 4-8 years
Paperback: 56 pages
Publisher: The Writing Ghost (2018)
What to expect: Trees, nature, emotions
In The First Ñañarito on Earth/El Primer Ñañarito en la Tierra, readers are introduced to a beautiful, flourishing tree named Cholo that lives on an island in the Caribbean. This tree is different from all the other trees on the island—he is funny, witty and always positive. He is beloved and treasured but for some reason, he doesn’t always feel like he belongs.
Cholo feels different from all the trees because he doesn’t want to be rooted to one spot. He’d like to travel and explore the world, which is difficult to do given that he’s a tree. Despite this, Cholo still encourages all his friends to follow their dreams and he maintains his positivity and joy of living. As time passes, Cholo starts to lose his leaves and his branches become dry and brittle. He realizes that his time on Earth is coming to an end. A surprise visit from a strange creature—a Ñañarito—gives Cholo a new perspective and a new lease on life.
This clever story is told in both English and Spanish and the side-by-side translations make this a great book for bilingual readers or those that are learning English or Spanish. The illustrations are colorful and reassuring and the Ñañaritos will spark feelings of joy and wonder in younger readers.
The First Ñañarito on Earth/El Primer Ñañarito en la Tierra is sure to be a welcome addition to any library for dual-language learners.
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About the Author
Yasmin Rodriguez is a bilingual (English/Spanish) creative, marketing, sales, multimedia, and public relations writer, and translator. She is also a ghostwriter and book editor, with over fourteen books already published. She wrote scripts for a children’s television show, TV comedy sitcoms, radio, and short films. Yasmin writes and/or edits marketing copy for print and internet. The books she has edited and published range from business consultancy, scientific articles, and biographies, to books about inspirational life experiences and spiritual treaties. Yasmin lives in central Puerto Rico with her husband, two dogs, and three cats, and misses her studying-abroad kids all the time.
About the Illustrator
Interior designer Marian Carro is the creator of the Ñañaritos® characters, named after a nickname given by her father. Marian launched her brand following the advice of family and friends, who have enjoyed the hand-painted creatures for more than 20 years. Marian lives with her husband and son in the central mountain range of Puerto Rico, where she can commune with nature. Marian enjoys reading, agriculture, crafts, sewing, painting, everything that has to do with visual arts, and caring for their dogs.
Dedicated Reviews allow authors and illustrators to gain prompt visibility for their work. This non-biased review of “The First Ñañarito on Earth/El Primer Ñañarito en la Tierra” was sponsored* by Yasmin Rodriguez. Learn more about getting a book review …