OH NO, GOTTA GO! by Susan Middleton Elya
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OH NO, GOTTA GO!

Age Range: 3 - 8
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In this rollicking gallop of a tale, the rhyming couplets provide the forward impetus and the ordinary, but tense situation supplies the humor. While on a Sunday drive with her parents, a little girl announces that she has “gotta go.” Unfortunately all of the nearby shops are closed, but they manage to get directions to a restaurant from a construction worker. Once there, of course, they find a long line of girls and women waiting for the bathroom. Although writing primarily in English, Elya employs several dozen Spanish words and phrases, sometimes even in rhyme with English words. Her contexts explain all of the Spanish usages, but even so she includes a glossary. Perfect for bilingual classes stretching their English wings, this is also an accurate reflection of the way in which bilingual speakers move back and forth between languages, as well as a charming way to introduce Spanish to English speakers. Karas’s characteristically funny illustrations are bright and blocky, both detailed and childishly simple. The text highlights all Spanish words in bold. Appropriate for all children’s collections: a real winner. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-399-23493-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2003




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