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Eight animals on the town
Elya, Susan Middleton, 1955-
Publication Information:
New York : Putnam's Sons, 2000.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Eight animals go to market, to supper, and to dance, introducing the numbers from one to eight and vocabulary in English and Spanish.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 65620.
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Susan Middleton Elya, whose first book, Say Hola to Spanish, was hailed in a starred Kirkus review as "innovative, useful and fun", has taken her trademark seamless union of English and Spanish to new heights with this fun-filled, rhyming story. It's a great day out for eight eager animals--ocho animales--who travel to the market to find their supper--including queso (cheese) for the mouse and hierba (grass) for the cow--and then dance the night away at the baile. Introducing Spanish words for numbers, foods, the names of animals, and other simple words and phrases, this book is perfect for non-Spanish speakers as well as Spanish-speakers learning English.Lee Chapman's bright and funny paintings, inspired by Mexican folk art, enhance the language and humor of this delightful story.

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Booklist Review

Ages 6^-8. This bright, clever picture book, in which eight animals head into town for dinner, stands out because of its seamless instruction in Spanish and English, which is apparent in both the text and the illustrations. The opening picture shows signs announcing "Market" and "Mercado," both of which point in the direction the animales are walking. The text describes a mouse going for cheese, but when he gets to the shop he declares, "Since I'm a raton, I'd like queso please." The English and Spanish words for the animals, their food, and their numbers as they stand in line are given without sacrificing story line, and the vibrant, detailed illustrations combine Latino and comic book art traditions to create a surreal landscape that is both beautiful and humorous. This is an engaging choice for early readers, especially those who are already bilingual or just starting to learn a second language. A glossary and pronunciation guides are included. --Marta Segal

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-A rhyming romp that introduces readers to numbers and vocabulary in Spanish. Eight animals each go to the market and purchase critter-appropriate supper supplies. "First comes a mouse. He's a rat-n./N#mero uno, out on his own./Off to the market he hurries for cheese./`Since I'm a rat-n, I'd like queso, please.'" Together the animals enjoy their evening repast, go dancing, and then drive home. A glossary and pronunciation guide is provided for readers unfamiliar with the language. While the text has wit and whimsy, the illustrations are absolutely delectable. Bright oils on canvas capture qualities of Mexican folk art as tidy borders augment the text. Illustrative details are sure to tickle observant youngsters (the bird's high-tops, numbers and words tucked into the art, additional vocabulary here and there). It is not easy to blast a concept book out of the didactic, but this collaborative team has created a book that is more fun than function, with the learning deftly layered throughout. A rewarding choice for reading aloud or for poring over the pictures.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.