Let’s Be Friends!

Holiday House. My Friend, Mi Amigo. Dec. 2021. 40p. Tr$18.99ISBN 9780823445059.
PreS-Gr 2– Let’s Be Friends and We Play Soccer offer bilingual stories for the very young or for those new to the Spanish/English language. Although Joe speaks English and Jose speaks Spanish, the language barrier does not keep these two kindergartners from becoming friends. Each time Joe speaks, Jose replies by saying the same phrase in Spanish. In Let’s Be Friends, the boys learn to share paints as they create beautiful pictures during class. Joe says, “Let’s paint,” and Jose replies, “Pintemos.” In We Play Soccer, the boys learn teamwork as they work together to help their team score the winning goal. Joe says, “Our team is losing,” and Jose responds with, “Nuestro equipo esta perdiendo.” Colorful artwork and detailed pictures keep readers engaged.
VERDICT Both books offer a simple story with delightful characters for beginning readers or those learning a new language.

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