MAÑANA, IGUANA by Ann Whitford Paul

MAÑANA, IGUANA

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Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Paul offers a clever dual-language update of The Little Red Hen. Iguana is planning a fiesta on Saturday; her friends are excited about attending, but not about helping with the preparations. Each has an excuse: Conejo the rabbit does things too fast and would ruin them, while Tortuga the tortoise is too slow; Culebra the snake is willing to help mañana—when he grows arms. All work and no play makes for a grouchy Iguana, who disinvites her friends. As the lazy trio watches the party from the sidelines, they recognize that they should have helped, so as Iguana sleeps that night, they pitch in and clean up, and all is forgiven in the morning. Long’s illustrations incorporate the bright colors and geometric designs of Mexico. Careful observers will see through the animals’ excuses as they play in the background while Iguana works. An excellent chance for young readers to practice using context clues and to learn some Spanish vocabulary. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8234-1808-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2004




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