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Quisiera ser tan alto como Willie

Kathryn; Hembrook Heling (author), Bonnie Adamson (illustrator)

Publisher: Raven Tree Press ISBN: 9781621672258

This is the Spanish only version of I Wish I Tall Like Willie. Manuel goes to elaborate and comical lengths to be tall like Willie. He thinks being tall makes his best friend Willie look like a basketball star. In the quest to be tall, Manuel comes up with a multitude of ingenious ways of getting there. What one person might dislike about themselves may be just the thing that someone else would envy. Manuel grows in appreciation of his own uniqueness. The I Wish series (I Wish I Was Tall Like Willie, I Wish I Was Strong Like Manuel, I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa, I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby) explores the issues of self-esteem, self-acceptance and friendship for children. Kids are reminded to like themselves "just the way they are!" through humorous situations and outlandish schemes.

I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby / Quisiera tener pecas como Abby

Kathryn; Hembrook Heling (author), Bonnie Adamson (illustrator)

Publisher: Raven Tree Press ISBN: 9781621672159

This is the bilingual (English/Spanish) version of I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby. There is also a vocabulary page at the end of the book. Rosa wants freckles just like her friend Abby. How can she get them? Maybe chocolate pudding will do the trick! How about some mud puddle dots? Big sister's makeup? Rosa comes to realize that she might have something that is just as good as the longed-for freckles. The I Wish series (I Wish I Was Tall Like Willie, I Wish I Was Strong Like Manuel, I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa, I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby) explores the issues of self-esteem, self-acceptance and friendship for children. Kids are reminded to like themselves "just the way they are!" through humorous situations and outlandish schemes.

Invasores extraterrestres

Lynne Huggins Cooper (author), Bonnie Leick (illustrator)

Publisher: Raven Tree Press ISBN: 9781621671848

This is the Spanish only version of Alien Invaders. Bugs in the garden? Or are they alien invaders? A curious child compares small garden creatures to what he knows of space invaders. Antennas? Shiny armor and helmets? Are these Earth dwellers or something 'out of this world'? Creepy crawlers abound in wacky, far-out colored pencil illustrations.

Sembré una semilla

Toula Palazetti (author), Pamela Barcita (illustrator)

Publisher: Raven Tree Press ISBN: 9781621671923

This is the Spanish only version of A Seed Was Planted. A wonderful cycle of giving begins when a seed is planted. Pieces and sprouts of walnut tree are passed along from one person to that person's friend and on that that friend's neighbor and on and on and on. The circle of giving creates a new crop of trees (supporting the idea of reforestation) and instills traditional values of sharing and caring. It also brings about a spirit of hope and goodwill to the givers. Love grows along with the saplings in the beautifully generous world. An inspiration and a timely lesson for children, adults and whole communities.

El mejor mariachi del mundo

J. D. Smith (author), Dani Jones (illustrator)

Publisher: Raven Tree Press ISBN: 9781621671442

This is the Spanish only version of The Best Mariachi in the World. Everyone in Gustavo's family is in a mariachi band. Everyone except Gustavo, that is. They all play violíns, trumpets and guitars. They all make wonderful music in restaurants and at wedding parties. Gustavo would love to join the band, but he can't play any of the instruments. What's a wannabe marichi to do? Follow Gustavo as he finds his place in the family mariachi band.

The Park Our Town Built / El parque que nuestro pueblo construy?

Diane Gonzales Bertrand (author), Tanja Bauerle (illustrator)

Publisher: Raven Tree Press ISBN: 9781621671039

This is the bilingual version of The Park Our Town Built, a Moonbeem Bronze Medal Award Winner! There is also a vocabulary page at the end of the book. The mayor wants a community park and safe playground for the children. She enlists a group of kids to join her in asking one of the citizens to donate some of his land. When he agrees, he joins all the families and friends who set out to build swings, benches, gardens, and a fountain. There is excitement and a sense of purpose to build the park for all to enjoy. The whole town comes together to create a beautiful park and celebrate with a grand picnic and beautiful fireworks when the job is done. The narrative text builds line by line and page by page, using repetition and imagery to create a charming story for young readers. Vocabulary recognition and matching pictures to the text help readers gain confidence in both comprehension skills and predicting a sequence of events.The words in red are changed to Spanish on subsequent pages to help learn new words in Spanish. A word list is included at the end of the reader. The artwork in this book is superb. Definitely worth noting is the bird in the birdbath doing the backstroke! Also, there are birds in every spread that add to the experience. The first page has one and then every spread thereafter adds a bird! Try to find them all on each spread! Also, try and find the worm in every image. Lastly, the end sheets can be used for visual searches. Find the items in the book! A great, fun book!

Beautiful Moon

Dawn Jeffers (author), Bonnie Leick (illustrator)

Publisher: Raven Tree Press ISBN: 9781621671237

With the help of a wish on a moonlit night, a little girl's fantasy becomes reality. In a wink, the beautiful moon understands her desire for a day that never ends and grants her wish. See how constant daylight affects the world around her and eventually the attitude toward her wish. In the end, sometimes what we wish for might not be what we really want. We soon learn that nighttime is the time for rest and renewal and is as necessary as daytime.