Elya, Susan Middleton. F is for Fiesta. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2006. ISBN 0399242252. $11.99. 32p.
Reviewer: Selma Alexandre
Reading Level: Primary
Genre: Poetry; Contemporary Realistic Fiction;
Subject: Spanish language--Juvenile fiction; Birthdays--Juvenile fiction; Stories in rhyme--Juvenile fiction; Books--Reviews;
A lively alphabet picture book, F is for Fiesta, tells the story of a young boy's exuberant birthday celebration. Representing each letter of the alphabet, Spanish words are cleverly inserted into poetic, rhythmic English sentences. A pronunciation guide and a discussion of the Spanish alphabet, make this book a good choice for second language learners, grades 2 and younger. Karas’s richly colored illustrations set the celebratory mood. From beginning to end, festive decorations, salsa music, special treats, and exotic gifts add a taste of Spanish fiesta to the reading experience. Everyone has a grand time at the birthday fiesta.
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