Thursday, July 06, 2006

review: My School/Mi Escuela

My School/Mi Escuela by Ginger Foglesong Guy. Illustrated by
Vivi Escriva. Rayo/Harpercollins, 2006 (0-06-079101-2) $12.99

This simple Spanish-English word book stands out among its genre for its full-page illustrations. A multicultural group of Ninos/Children (and unusually, one in which white children aren't the majority) go though their day at school, reading Libros/Books, drawing with Pinturas/Paints and enjoying Recreo/Recess together. Instead of the usual one word=one small illustration, each spread shows a long scene filled with children having fun, and the muted colors and soft shading give a cozy look that is very attractive. (2-5)