The Park Our Town Built/El parque que nuestro pueblo construyo
Grades K-3
Thursday, November 24, 2011
by: Rhonda Jeffers

Section: Children's Book Reviews

Fall/Winter 2011

Reviewed by Rhonda Jeffers, Children's Services Librarian, Coweta Public Library System, Newnan, GA.

This vibrantly illustrated bilingual picture book tells the story of a community coming together to build a park and the ensuing party to celebrate its dedication.  When a Latina mayor expresses that she would like to have a safe place where kids can play and congregate, she asks for the residents’ help in providing the land, building the swings, benches, garden, and fountain. The words for each of the elements is provided in English in black and Spanish in red and is woven around the beautiful illustrations, which complement the text.  Additionally, a glossary of these Spanish terms is provided at the end of the book.  This story provides a wonderful point of departure for discussions about a community coming together to make things happen and is therefore perfect for public library collections serving Spanish- and non-Spanish speaking populations alike. Recommended.


The Park Our Town Built/El Parque que nuestro pueblo construyo. Diane Gonzales Bertrand. Illustrated by Tanja Bauerle. McHenry, Illinois: Raven Tree Press, 2011. 32 pp. ISBN 978-1-936299-12-6. Grades K-3. English with some Spanish.

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