Illustrator Elisa Kleven depicts a wonderful representation of what NYC represents - a culturally diverse and lively population. The rich illustrations contain wonderful detail you don't want to skip. This is one of those books that you can't just read and get through (at least you shouldn't). When you're reading to children you also want to teach them how to visually read a book as well. It's common for parents to want to read through a book without too much interruption and end up becoming frustrated with the umpteen number of questions that children ask before, during, and after you have read a story. Trust me, I know the feeling. But with books that have illustrations like Abuela, you want to be open to really studying them. That skill - studying - begins with you teaching your little one good reading habits that will help him/her later when they are in school. This is a great book for those types of lessons at home because the illustrations provoke new ideas through discussion of the great detail. The book is available in English with Spanish phrases or Spanish with English phrases, and can be purchased through any book retailer, or through my Amazon store. I highly engourage you to visit Arthur Dorris' and Elisa Klevin's websites here and here where you can view more of their wonderful work. I've already got a few other books of theirs in mind that I will be looking for at our next library visit. :)
Now for the giveaway. I will be giving away two copies (language of your choice) to two people (one copy each). All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite children's book and why. Any age up to adolescence, doesn't matter. The winners will be chosen by a randomly selected number (using the total number of entries) by Random.org on 10/30/12. Good luck!
This is not a sponsored advertisement of any kind. No one paid me or asked me to do this. I simply want to share with families the joy of reading a book to a child. Books have always been a big part of our family bedtime routine that my oldest child cherishes. This giveaway is from me, to you and your's. Simple as that.
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