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F is for Fiesta Hardcover – March 16, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (March 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399242252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399242250
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.3 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–This story of a Hispanic boys birthday party starts with A is for adornos (decorations) hung up by Papá. and ends with Z is for zorro (fox) from Dad with a kiss. A glossary at the books beginning helps with the pronunciation and meaning of the Spanish words. Unfortunately, the rhyming couplets not only sound strained and awkward, but they also omit the definite articles. Karass illustrations definitely set the mood with reds, greens, purples, yellows, pinks, and oranges that are bright and bold but never garish. They also do a good job of giving clues to the meaning of the Spanish words.–Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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K-Gr. 2. Bilingual classrooms, and teachers seeking materials for Cinco de Mayo activities, will seize this small, square abecedarian book, which incorporates Spanish vocabulary words from A to Z into a singsong, predominantly English-language narrative about a child's birthday fiesta: "S is for salsa, a sauce and a dance. T is for tarjetas from uncles and aunts." At their best, Elya's verses bounce as easily between languages as they did in Oh, No, Gotta Go! (2003), which was also buoyantly illustrated by Karas. Sometimes the strain of adhering to both the theme and the verse structure is obvious, but the backdrop of a familiar, fun-filled occasion may smooth the way to learning--and even very silly rhymes can be useful mnemonics. A glossary with pronunciations (but no articles) opens the book, along with a discussion of the Spanish alphabet, which here includes rr as well as the usual ch, ll, n. The book's petite size will limit its read-aloud use to smaller groups. Jennifer Mattson
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More About the Author

Susan Middleton Elya grew up near Des Moines, Iowa, went to college 35 miles away, and then left her state to teach in the middle-of-nowhere Nebraska. She wanted to teach 3rd grade but ended up teaching high school Spanish instead (due to her double degree from Iowa State University). After 8.5 years of teaching in the Midwest, she moved to San Diego to get married and ended up teaching Spanish to native speakers in Ramona, California. Then a move with her husband to the Bay Area left her jobless, with a new baby, and with plenty of time to write. She started submitting stories for publication in 1988 and finally struck gold with Say Hola to Spanish, a nonfiction picture book from Lee & Low, in 1994. Now, 26 titles later, Elya is working on novels, as well. She has two grown children and one nearly-grown child, and still loves to make up stories, do school visits, and remember what it was like to be a kid. She also has an antiques and book store in Danville, California, where she sells autographed copies of her books. Check it out at www.thepolkadotattic.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katalina on October 30, 2009
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I borrowed this book from our public library to read to my 4-year old daughter who attends Spanish Immersion preschool. It is so much fun to read and she is learning Spanish words at the same time. This is one of my all-time favorite books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Price on May 18, 2008
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I love these books they make reading and learning Spanish fun. My little one likes all the bright colors and the illustrations.
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I loved this book! It took me through the Spanish alphabet connecting each letter to a Spanish word in a sentence dominated by English words. In the very front of the book is a glossary of Spanish words used in the book.

Although the book helps the reader learn a little Spanish as well as English, it has a little story behind it. The setting is a kid's birthday party and what happens at such an event. The text is very good and the illustrations were a joy to look at.

I would have liked the book better if the "birthday kid" had been introduced at the beginning and we had learned a few things about him (or her) by reading the book. We never do get to put a name on the birthday kid in this book. 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Preschool Teacher on August 13, 2006
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I teach in a preschool classroom made up of 50% English speakers and 50% Spanish speakers. I love using this book in my classroom because it ties in the Spanish culture and both the English and Spanish language. My English speakers feel special because they are learning to say some Spanish words, and my Spanish speaking children feel comfortable hearing words that are familiar to them. All the while we are having an open dialouge about the letters of the alphabet!
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By MamaT on January 23, 2014
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This author's books are great, we now have them all. EASY to read and a fun way to introduce Spanish words in appropriate context.
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