No es un monstruo

Charlesbridge. Apr. 2024. 32p. tr. from English by Carlos E. Calvo . Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781623544836. SP.
K-Gr 2–This Spanish-language edition of Not a Monster portrays the life cycle of the axolotl or “el monstruo del agua.” Through simple and poetic text, readers meet this distinct amphibian, an endangered species that inhabits the Xochimilco canals of Mexico City. A palette of pastel colors accompanies this informational text, showcasing the variety of fauna and flora that this unique creature encounters throughout its life. Two children rowing through the canals are incorporated into the narrative and present briefly the Aztec history and myth of this animal as well as humanity’s role in taking care, preserving, and advocating for the axolotl's existence and future in its natural habitat. Color concepts are integrated throughout the story, which enhances and provides an interactive and playful approach to this nonfiction picture book. An author’s note and photographs of Martínez's own axolotl pets are included in the back matter.
VERDICT An ideal Spanish-language, informational picture book for young children.

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