Nosotros Means Us: Un Cuento Bilingüe

Knopf. May 2021. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593305140.
PreS-Gr 2–This bilingual picture book opens with a mother sitting in a chair with her child. She tells her child the different words for their relationship if they were transformed into animals, e.g., horse and foal, fish and fry. Text such as “If I were a sheep, you would be a lamb” appears in both English and Spanish. She also explains that one day the child will go away, and return as whatever that child wishes, but there will “always be us.” The simple concept is very loving and encompassing; the pictures are plain but beautiful, with colorful folkloric graphics representing the different animals the mother talks about. Valdivia brilliantly uses shades of red, blue, brown, and black to help tell the story of this mother and child’s bond.
VERDICT A bilingual Runaway Bunny, this cements family bonds in gentle language and specific, poetic art.

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