Rosita y Conchita: A rhyming storybook in English and Spanish
Saturday, December 1, 2012
by: Reviewed by Francisco Vargas

Section: Children's Book Reviews

December 2012

Reviewed by Francisco Vargas, Youth Services Officer, Long Beach Public Library, CA Connect!

This touching cuento is perfect for sharing during Day of The Dead or anytime of the year.  The fancy and playful language in both English and Spanish is a real treat for any child or teacher. The illustrations are by far one of the best attributes that will keep children coming back for more.  After each reading one notices even more details and coincidences from the text to the illustrations.  The events leading up to the celebration are captured as Conchita is setting up an altar for her twin sister Rosita.  Along the way Rosita keeps getting lost but miraculously finds her way back to her sister by way of the music, smell, and marigolds along the way.  The book is wonderfully crafted to encompass what could be a difficult topic for elementary school children to understand into a fun and interesting story that will be a favorite for years to come.  The book contains a how-to draw section, How-to make calaveritas de azucar, and historical note about Day of the Dead.  Highly Recommended for Public and School Libraries.
Rosita y Conchita: A rhyming storybook in English and Spanish. Eric Gonzalez & Erich Haeger. Burbank: Muertoons, 2010. Unpaged. $14.99 (Hardcover) ISBN 978-098271530-7 Grades 2-5. Bilingual

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