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MY WAY/A MI MANERA by Lynn Reiser


A Margaret and Margarita Story/Un cuento de Margarita y Margaret

by Lynn Reiser & illustrated by Lynn Reiser

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-06-084101-X
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

What is most impressive about Reiser’s Margaret and Margarita stories is the way she manages to transform the bilingual book from its roots as a story in which the text is simply given in two languages into a vehicle in which each version functions as a complement to the other. She achieves this by using the text of each language as the speech of a different girl: Margaret in English, Margarita in Spanish, in a different set of illustrations. In this latest title, each girl—Margaret on the left and Margarita on the right—talks about how she does things in her everyday life: how she combs her hair, how she greets her friends, what she eats for lunch. The girls, looking across the center of the book toward each other, come together before story’s end by adopting some of the other’s “ways,” creating a new mix. Reiser’s illustrations are simple, expressive, brightly colored and full of joie de vivre. (Picture book. 2-6)