Reviewed by Ashley Hope Pérez
I loved the look of this book, but I didn’t know if Ethan Andrés, our board book reader, would take to it. At first, he was most interested in unfolding all the pages and spreading the book out across the floor. Then he spent time lifting all the flaps on the pages. (His favorite part is the peek-a-boo hands of the monkeys.) Now, it is a bedtime staple, and we usually read it like a “regular” book rather than spreading it out. Continue reading.
Las Mañanitas/the Birthday Book by Susie Jaramillo
Published by Encantos Media on June 20th 2017
Genres: Animals, Bilingual
Reading Level: Grade K
Review Source: Latinx in Kid Lit
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The fourth book in the Canticos series of bilingual nursery rhymes was inspired by the most popular birthday song in Spanish. Fans of the series will recognize a cast of characters from the Canticos collection who wake up their bunny friend on his special day and then partake in a joyful, cake-filled, celebration in The Birthday Song / Las Mananitas. Like other Canticos books, The Birthday Song / Las Mananitas has a unique, interactive, accordion design that presents the Spanish version of the book in one direction and its English adaptation in the other. Children can sing the song straight through, lift the flaps, or stand it up and surround themselves with the story.