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Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros Hardcover – March 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Rayo; Bilingual edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061288772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061288777
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3—Mora encourages teachers, parents, and librarians to celebrate Children's Day/Book Day and includes ideas for observing the festivities. Written in English and Spanish, the text shows children reading in a variety of places, going to the library, listening to stories, and enjoying books. López's acrylic illustrations fill the pages with color. His upbeat iconic style shows how much fun this celebration can be and portrays round-faced kids reading to a variety of pets and riding an elephant or sailing with a whale. Students will be encouraged to join in the book-based activities. This lively selection will motivate and excite children about the adventures they can go on through reading.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
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How very appropriate that the first trade book about Children’s Day/Book Day should be enthusiastically penned by the founder of this holiday, celebrated annually since 1996 on April 30, the same date as Mexico’s Day of the Child. This call to arms for connecting kids and books exhorts everyone to read and have fun in whatever language and locale they choose: “Hooray! Today is our day. ¡El día de los niños! Let’s have fun today reading our favorite books. Toon! Toon!” The straightforward, bilingual text in Spanish and English is beautifully illustrated in bright, bold, acrylic paintings that integrate books and letters into timeless scenes of multicultural children cavorting, exploring, and, of course, reading. Turn to the back of the book for more on Mora’s inspirations and suggestions for celebrating children’s literacy in your own community, and include this book in displays and read-alouds along with Judy Sierra and Marc Brown’s Wild about Books (2004) and Born to Read (2008) to make every day un día de los libros. Preschool-Grade 2. --Andrew Medlar

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This is a fun book that is simply encouraging children to read.
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It unites children around the globe as the book displays children in all diverse cultural groups.
Alyssa M. Molina
(In Spanish) Highly recommend for school teachers to have in their class libraries.
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Format: Hardcover
April 30 is Children's Day and also Book Day (El Día Los Niños, El Dí de Los Libros) and everyone is excited. A little girl has a wagon filled with an assortment of books and a little boy runs with a few under his arms. There is a little girl with a wide smile and sparkling eyes carrying the banner announcing the special day. Children can read in different languages, they can read by themselves or read with un amigo. Many children read at the library. One little girl is chasing after the boy in a wheelchair, but I think he's going to get there first!

"Our families tell us stories
while we listen and play."

"Nuestras familias nos cuentan cuentos
mientras escuchamos y jugamos."

Libros can be read in many different places. You can read them in the car, in planes and trains. You can read to others including perritos y gatitos. Look at that ... there are children reading on an elephant, con una ballena, in a submarine, and even in a hot-air balloon. Where do you like to read?

This is an enchanting bilingual book in English and Spanish. The art work is very lively, bright and the Hispanic flavor is very appealing. The bilingual aspect of this book will be very welcome by many caregivers, homeschool and classroom instructors. In the back of the book the author offers several suggestions (English on one page, Spanish on the other) on how to celebrate Children's Day/Book Day. This would be a perfect read aloud book for children to read to each other, one in English, the other in Spanish!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sally on July 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I got this book from the library for my 11-month old twins, and they love it. I'm going to buy my own copy. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. They're so colorful and creative that my kids' eyes don't stop moving. The message is simple: "Read!" Each page has one or two lines on it in both English and Spanish. It revolves around different places children read books. I love the fantasy element as it shows children reading books on a whale, a hot air balloon, etc. The other terrific aspect of this book is that is depicts a multicultural group of individuals with both girls and boys well-represented in non-stereotyped ways. I'm heading to the library to check out every book Rafael Lopez illustrated.
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By bessturg on April 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a great bilingual book to read to an individual child or to a group/classroom. The illustrations are bright, cheery, and easily engage a child to learn about Children's Day/Book Day. Also a great way to incorporate Spanish into a lesson and teach about different cultures altogether. Either way every child who reads this book will now know about Children's Day. I also loved how the author included suggestions on how you can celebrate Children's Day/Book Day and that the main focus is how important books are. Having a "party" for a favorite book can really show young readers about the importance of reading :)
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By Nick on June 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Book Fiesta by Pat Mora is a book that centers on El dia de los ninos, or the day of the children. The entire day is filled with children reading books. The book describes all the places that the children will read such as in a hot air balloon, or at the library, or in the park with your friends. The book also describes how much fun it is too read. Each book is like a different adventure, and the children in the book re-enact the journeys like when the boy is the captain of the boat that his family is sailing in.

The book does not have much of a plot line because the book centers on the joy of reading books and not a conflict. The colors are very bright, and they catch the eyes attention. The colors make the pictures fun to look at, and they make the book as a whole more enjoyable. The neat thing about this book is that it is a bi-lingual book; each page has the words written in English and Spanish. This is great to include multiple cultures in a classroom lesson and to add diversity to a collection. I would recommend this book for a classroom with the goal of broadening the students' perspectives of others and their heritage.
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This book promotes readers to read everywhere they may go. The readers in story read to their pets, or while riding an elephant etc. It unites children around the globe as the book displays children in all diverse cultural groups. The text is in English and Spanish as well sold in many other languages.
Mora and Lopez shows that celebration is from anywhere in the world. At the end of reading the author suggest for educators to have their own "Book Fiesta" where the party could center around one class favorite book or share many others. This book is mind opening as a future educator, because it is important for the children to understand how significant reading is. Foremost, it does not matter what language Book Fiesta was written in, the point is whether or not the reader believes that readings create great happenings.
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By alaina_curry on December 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute book to show children reading is exciting and should be celebrated. It shows reading can be done almost anywhere and in different languages. There are examples of children being excited about having books and they would be good examples for many children.
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