The Birthday Box/Mi caja de cumpleaños

PreS-Gr 1—A cheerful toddler receives a wonderful birthday gift: a box. The youngster explores the unintended present and all of its endless possibilities. Together they sail the seas, sled on snow-covered hills, and, at the end of the day, the box becomes a cozy place to take a nap. Bold line drawings and a saturated color palette accompany the side-by-side English and Spanish text. The Spanish translation retains Patricelli's short yet expressive words. There is onomatopoeia, alliteration, and a keen sense of a child's curiosity in this near-perfect board book, which could easily be made into a dynamic flannel-board story.—Shannon Dye, Peoria Public Library, AZ
New ed., 2007. In Birthday, a baby plays with a box in imaginative ways. In Higher! Higher!, a girl swings so high she meets a space alien. The only part of the books that's not a direct translation from the original edition is in Higher! Higher!: the girl says, "High five!" and the alien responds "¡Amigos!" Young children will surely enjoy these colorful bilingual board books. Review covers these titles: The Birthday Box / Mi caja de cumpleaños and Higher! Higher! / ¡Más alto! ¡Más alto!

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