With an upcoming pre-teen (and known as tween) I am always looking for books that he will be interested in reading. At 9 years old he’s beginning to be selective with what he reads. However, my main focus will always be a book that he can read in either in both languages Spanish and/or English, but that are also written by Latino authors.
I have the the pleasure to review the children’s book Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams by Gwen Jackson.
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Although the Puerto Rican Flamboyant tree is not the island’s national tree, it is one of the most beautiful and recognizable trees across the island.
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I can’t find a better way to celebrate 4th of July with my child than reading Captain Mama’s Suprise/La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá!
I first heard of Good Night Captain Mamá/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá a few years ago when I won a giveaway from Mommy Maestra. Since then this book has been a favorite in our home. So you can imagine my excitement to have yet another quality bilingual children’s book featuring a minority Latina mamá with her children.
We love how this book introduces children to the life of a military Latina mamá, a role often not associated with minorities especially not woman. Graciela Tiscareno-Sato is a trailblazer when it comes to becoming a voice for Latina minorities in the military.
The story is about Captain Mama’s Suprise/La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá.
Marco’s excitement is evident when he, his teacher, and classmates step out of the bus. He’s excited to show his classmates where his mama works.
“Welcome to the KC-135 Aerial Refueling Tanker,” says my Captain Mama with a big smile. “Marco and I have been looking forward to bringing you out to the plane!” she says ruffling my hair.
That’s an excerpt of the book, and well…… the surprise, you’ll have to read the book with your children to see how it ends!
This bilingual children’s book is a perfect addition for any family or home library. The best part of this book that it’s bilingual! English and Spanish. So your child could either read it in either languages.
Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own. This activity has been reprinted with permission from the publisher from book 100 FUN & EASY LEARNING GAMES FOR KIDS for purposes of this post.
Instructions on how-to make the continent fortune teller:
Focus Skill: identifying the seven continents
Square piece of paper
Map or globe
Directions to Make
1. Fold the square paper in half at both diagonals. Crease and unfold. Fold the square again at each middle. Unfold.
2. Bring each corner evenly to the middle of the square.
3. Flip the square over and fold the corners evenly into the middle of the square again.
4. Fold in half and flip over.
5. Place your fingers into the slits and open.
6. Open each triangle and write one of the following on each half: Find North America, Find South America, Point to Australia, Point to Europe, Find Asia, Find Africa, Point to Antarctica, Point and Name an Ocean.
7. To complete the fortune-teller, write numbers 1 to 8 on the inside triangles.
Directions to Play
1. Player one places their fingers in the fortune-teller and opens to show four numbers.
2. Player two picks one of the four numbers and player one moves the fortune-teller back and forth that many times.
3. Player two picks another number. Player one then opens the fortune-teller to read their task.
4. Player two completes the task using the map or globe.
5. The game repeats with player two holding the fortune-teller.
– Write famous landforms, major cities or important landmarks on the inside triangles.
– Use this game to practice math facts. Write a number sentence on each triangle for kids to solve before moving back and forth.
– Write sight words on each triangle. Move the fortuneteller the number of letters in the word. Write a sentence using that word on the inside for them to read out loud.