Book review: My Big Barefoot Book of Spanish & English Words, by Sophie Fatus

Fatus, Sophie. My Big Barefoot Book of Spanish & English Words. Barefoot Books, 2014. $19.99. ISBN 9781782852865. Unpaged. Ages 3-8. P6 Q5

Illustrations of a family as it goes through their day are labelled with English and Spanish words.  The book does not include any phonetic spelling of either the English or Spanish to help a young reader learn how to say any of the vocabulary presented. Some of the illustrations did not seem to be correctly identified because if a reader does not know either of the words, the reader may take it to mean something else.  It would have been helpful to have an index which would provide a reference for the vocabulary in the illustrations.

Verdict:  With bilingual teachers and children, it can be enjoyed as there is a simple story of going through the day with a family, but not necessarily a great match for new readers.

May 2017 review by Deborah Gwynn.

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