De semilla a planta

Holiday House. Dec. 2023. 32p. tr. from María A. Cabrera Arús . pap. $8.99. ISBN 9780823456659. SP.
K-Gr 3–Educators everywhere are rejoicing because Gibbons’s science-themed picture books are being translated into Spanish. These two volumes focus on subjects that are immensely kid-friendly. Each title’s subject is broken down in digestible language without overly simplifying. Gorgeously illustrated diagrams, inserts, and close-ups make the science accessible for all students, and the Spanish versions can now reach even more readers. The colorful and precise images depict the stages of a butterfly in Mariposa (see ISBN 9780823456642) and the process a seed undergoes to become a plant in De semilla. Each entry includes a page of fast facts and a ready-made experiment (how to raise a monarch butterfly; how to grow a bean plant) that classes can do together at school or families can carry out at home.
VERDICT Purchase these for all Spanish-language nonfiction picture book collections, especially where they can be used as curricular tie-ins.

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