No es un frijol

Charlesbridge. Apr. 2024. 32p. tr. from English by Carlos E. Calvo . Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781623544829. SP.
PreS-Gr 1–Part story, part poem, part non-fiction book, this Spanish translation of Not a Bean is a winning combo. Told with lyricism, Martínez's text explains the life cycle of the Cydia saltitans, a moth that lays its eggs inside of a seed pod. Once it’s dry, the seeds fall on the ground with a growing larva inside. As the little critter shifts inside the pod, it moves, so it’s best known as a “Mexican jumping bean,” though it’s clear from the title that the pod is not, in fact, a bean. With a desert setting rendered at various times of day, in blues and tans, and with an increasing number of local fauna, this beautifully illustrated book is a crowd pleaser. It's a great choice for those learning the language or who are already fluent. An author’s note offers more facts about this fascinating bug.
VERDICT A gorgeous nonfiction title recommended for all Spanish-language picture book collections.

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