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Delightful new take on an old classic exposing children to Spanish vocabulary in an easily understandable way. Attractive, colourful and appealing illustrations. My grandkids enjoyed repeating the words and due to the repetition and predictable text could chime in. Exactly what I was looking for as an accompaniment to our visit to Mexico,
Both of my children (7 and 3 years old) loved this book. I actually even chuckled reading it out loud and didn't mind reading it over and over unlike other books. I gotta say that my 3-year-old really enjoyed it. He keeps asking me to read it to him, so I know it's a winner! Best of all, it teaches you how to say the Spanish words, which is great! I loved this book so much that I even searched here on Amazon for more books from the author, but sadly, they're not available.
Written by Ann Whitford Paul, Manana Iguana the book’s title literally translates Tomorrow Lizard. This is the story of Iguana, a lizard who wants to host a spring celebration with all her desert friends. She began the party planning on Monday with her friends: Culebra (snake), Conejo (bunny) and Tortuga (turtle). She asked them for help for everything needed, invitations, delivery of invites, stuffing the piñata and cooking. Even though they all wanted to have a celebration, every day each one of them had an excuse and Iguana ends up doing all the party preparation all by herself. The party was a great success, every guest raved about how much fun they had. Surprisingly Culebra, Conejo and Tortuga do help Iguana to clean up after she was very tired and fell asleep before cleaning.
The illustrations by Ethan Longin the book are very bright, colorful and are truly a fiesta for your little one’s eyes. The pictures do a great job of describing all the elements of the party and my little one recognized all the animals in each page.
This was a great book for my bilingual toddler because it teaches everyday words such as the days of the week and a few animal names. It took us about 15 minutes to read it so I think is rather a bit long for readers under 2 years old. The book also teaches some important values which are also a bit more appropriate for the preschooler such as teamwork, cleaning up and friendship. Most importantly it teaches us to not wait until manana (tomorrow) to do what we can today. We enjoyed this book very much, thank you so much Regina for inviting us to review for Dolly’s blog, it was an honor being a part of it. We give Manana Iguana 4 Dolly Heads! Read more at www.diapers-and-daydreams.com !
This is a super cute story. The storyline mimics The Little Red Hen. Iguana and her friends (Tortuga, Calebre, Conejo) want to have a fiesta for their friends and neighbors, but when the work needs to be done to get ready for the party her friends are full of excuses. Iguana does all of the work and doesn't let Tortuga, Calebre, and Conejo come to the party. After the party is over they feel bad for not helping so they clean up after Iguana goes to bed. The next day Iguana shares the leftovers with them for helping. I use this book and other variations when teaching my Pre-k students about being good friends and doing their part. It also exposes them to some Spanish words and a different culture. I got this one used at a great price and in excellent condition!
Adorable! I was absolutely head over heels in love when this book was read to my 3 year old at story time. The book exposes children to the Spanish language in s very simple way allowing for mixed exchanges in Spanish and English. The story teaches children that friends should be dependable, value of hard work, and how laziness gets us nowhere. I love how the book shows the consequences to the friends behavior and how they decide to right their wrong. I highly recommend this book for any library you would be disappointed.
I bought the version of this book with the CD. My 5 year loves to listen to the story as he follows along. We speak a lot of Spanish at home but there are certain things that without practice are not clearly understood or just plain forgotten and this book does a wonderful job of teaching the days of the week in Spanish. The voices made for the characters are funny and he has inmensely enjoyed this book. As a matter of fact, we discovered it at the local library and he has enjoyed it so much that we ended up deciding to get him his own copy. The glossary at the beginning of the book, before the start of the story, is also read on the CD and it reinforces the words and pronunciation before starting the story.