Twice as Many Friends/El doble de amigos

Barefoot Bks. (Barefoot Singalongs). Apr. 2023. 24p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781646868452. BL.
PreS-Gr 2–In a clean digital collage style, characters of every skin and hair color play, surf, drum, and dance amid a rainbow of hot pinks, purples, sunny yellows, and cool fresh blues by Argentinian Starkoff bring this bilingual song by musician Amador to life. Readers will learn phrases in Spanish from the catchy rhymes: They’ll say, “¿Cómo te llamas?” for “What’s your name?” or “¿Quieres jugar?” to ask “Do you want to play?” Back matter includes an illustrated summary of the Spanish phrases learned as well as the tune to the song in sheet music; there is also a link to a video featuring Starkoff’s illustrations, Amador’s words, and the actual performance of the song by Amador and his wife under their band name Sol y Canto.
VERDICT Recommended for any collection that aims to make Spanish more accessible to young readers.

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