A colorful, well-designed adventure suitable for children with various levels of Spanish comprehension or even a bilingual...



A charming, illustrated Spanish-language children’s book about the escapades of an adventurous iguana.

The story of Liliana the iguana is simple: She lives near the beach and makes friends as she goes on various fun adventures. She meets and plays with more and more characters—a frog, a wasp, a chameleon—as they create new games, like playing with an apple or going in the sea. It’s a familiar story but a comforting one. The simple plot structure and eye-catching, beautiful illustrations make for an enjoyable read. The artwork is made from several mediums, including penciled illustrations, paint, colorful paper cutouts and computer graphics. The artist juxtaposes complex, striking hand-drawn and painted images with simpler, childlike drawings in illustrations that often show the magic and beauty of a child’s imaginative mind. Rhyme and alliteration are used often, the combination of which produces a lovely, songlike effect, perfect for reading aloud to young children. Additionally, for educational effect, the text includes certain words—i.e., diversion or intention—most young children won’t know. In a welcome change of pace, the conclusion turns the reading into an interactive experience that features exciting activity instructions, including how to make puppets that look like the characters in the story. In a pleasant detail for the puppet-making process, the book even provides paper stock that’s similar to the character designs in the narrative. The book also teaches children how to play a fun game that the friends play in the story.

A colorful, well-designed adventure suitable for children with various levels of Spanish comprehension or even a bilingual educational setting.

Pub Date: Oct. 19, 2012

ISBN: 978-1438982410

Page Count: 52

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Review Posted Online: Feb. 28, 2013

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A sweet, soft conversation starter and a charming gift.

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A paean to teachers and their surrogates everywhere.

This gentle ode to a teacher’s skill at inspiring, encouraging, and being a role model is spoken, presumably, from a child’s viewpoint. However, the voice could equally be that of an adult, because who can’t look back upon teachers or other early mentors who gave of themselves and offered their pupils so much? Indeed, some of the self-aware, self-assured expressions herein seem perhaps more realistic as uttered from one who’s already grown. Alternatively, readers won’t fail to note that this small book, illustrated with gentle soy-ink drawings and featuring an adult-child bear duo engaged in various sedentary and lively pursuits, could just as easily be about human parent- (or grandparent-) child pairs: some of the softly colored illustrations depict scenarios that are more likely to occur within a home and/or other family-oriented setting. Makes sense: aren’t parents and other close family members children’s first teachers? This duality suggests that the book might be best shared one-on-one between a nostalgic adult and a child who’s developed some self-confidence, having learned a thing or two from a parent, grandparent, older relative, or classroom instructor.

A sweet, soft conversation starter and a charming gift. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-943200-08-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Compendium

Review Posted Online: Dec. 14, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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The greening of Dr. Seuss, in an ecology fable with an obvious message but a savingly silly style. In the desolate land of the Lifted Lorax, an aged creature called the Once-ler tells a young visitor how he arrived long ago in the then glorious country and began manufacturing anomalous objects called Thneeds from "the bright-colored tufts of the Truffula Trees." Despite protests from the Lorax, a native "who speaks for the trees," he continues to chop down Truffulas until he drives away the Brown Bar-ba-loots who had fed on the Tuffula fruit, the Swomee-Swans who can't sing a note for the smogulous smoke, and the Humming-Fish who had hummed in the pond now glumped up with Gluppity-Glupp. As for the Once-let, "1 went right on biggering, selling more Thneeds./ And I biggered my money, which everyone needs" — until the last Truffula falls. But one seed is left, and the Once-let hands it to his listener, with a message from the Lorax: "UNLESS someone like you/ cares a whole awful lot,/ nothing is going to get better./ It's not." The spontaneous madness of the old Dr. Seuss is absent here, but so is the boredom he often induced (in parents, anyway) with one ridiculous invention after another. And if the Once-let doesn't match the Grinch for sheer irresistible cussedness, he is stealing a lot more than Christmas and his story just might induce a generation of six-year-olds to care a whole lot.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1971

ISBN: 0394823370

Page Count: 72

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1971

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