The Park Our Town Built/El parque que nuestro pueblo construyó

illus. by Tanja Bauerle. 32p. CIP. Raven Tree. 2011. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-936299-12-6. LC 2010936677.
K-Gr 3—This story, with hints of "The House That Jack Built," is predominately told in English with a sprinkling of Spanish throughout. It tells of a community rallying together to build a park and to celebrate its dedication. The narrative opens with, "This is the mayor/who spoke to el hombre/who gave us la tierra/for el parque our town built." The residents come through with providing the land; building the swings, benches, and a fountain; and in tending to the garden. The English text is in a black font and the Spanish is in red. The vibrant and dynamic illustrations complement the storytelling. This title is great for discussions about community and what individuals can accomplish when they work together.—Rhonda Jeffers, Coweta Public Library System, Newnan, GA
Using a "House That Jack Built" structure, Bertrand describes how a town comes together to build a park. In the bilingual version, the building materials are first introduced in English then later repeated in Spanish. The conceit works well; a vocabulary page is appended in the bilingual edition. Stiff illustrations accompany the texts. Review covers these titles: The Park Our Town Built and The Park Our Town Built / El parque que nuestro pueblo construyó.

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