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Books in Translation

By Luisa LaFleur, The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 29, 2010

A new batch of stories have recently been translated into Spanish. Following are some interesting tales:

Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day OffMr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off

by Pat Stemper Vojta (Author), Esther Szegedy (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Raven Tree Press (2009)

Source of book: Publisher

Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off by Pat Stemper Vojta follows the travails of a poor groundhog in the run-up to Ground Hog Day. He’s tired of all the pressure and tries to get his friends to step in for him instead. But his friends help him find ways to cope.

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Nathan Saves the Summer

by Gerry Renert (Author), Carrie Anne Bradshaw (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Raven Tree Press (2010)

Source of book: Publisher

Nathan Saves Summer by Gerry Renert tells the tale of a hippo that wants to be a life guard. His animal friends try to dissuade him–the pond they’re swimming in just isn’t big enough for Nathan. But Nathan perseveres and proves that size shouldn’t be a determining factor, drive should be.

Mom’s Choice Award (Gold Recipient: Adventure, Adventurers & Heroes)

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Grandma's Pear TreeGrandma’s Pear Tree

by Suzanne Santillan (Author), Atilio Pernisco (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Raven Tree Press (2009)

Source of book: Publisher

In Grandma’s Pear Tree by Suzanne Santillan, Jessie disobeys his grandmother’s order to not play near her pear tree. He gets a ball stuck in the tree and asks his grandfather for help. But his grandfather is busy, so he gives him an idea instead….Jessie ends up in bigger trouble than before. This amusing tale isn’t fully translated into Spanish but some key terms are and it makes for a very lyrical reading!

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Luisa LaFleur reviews bilingual books for The Children’s Book Review to help parents choose the best books for their budding linguists. She was born in Argentina, attended school in NYC and speaks three foreign languages–Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Formerly an editor in NYC, Luisa is currently a stay-at-home mom to two little ones.

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