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Good Spanish, basic science, creepy art
on October 20, 2015
I buy my son (currently 3yo) Spanish/English books and books about Science whenever possible, so this one was a no-brainer for us.
For potty training purposes, it teaches kids how a food (here, an apple) gets from your mouth to your potty, without being overly cutesy or gross. It sprinkles in some biology words (bile, corpuscles) without being complicated. When it uses a difficult word, like corpuscles, it compares it to a simple idea, like a supermarket.
I want my son to use the proper words for things whenever possible and understand how things work. I appreciate that this book let the real-life journey be it's own story, without adding in unnecessary cartoon characters or a goofy plot.
Apple>Saliva>teeth>esophogus>stomach>liver>sm intestines>lg intestines>poop. The end.
From a bilingual standpoint, the Spanish here was not an afterthought. It is well-written and included with purpose. The English and Spanish text in this book share equal space within each spread (ie, it's not an English book with simple Spanish shoved in some corner or along the margin). I'm not a native Spanish speaker, and I found some of the Spanish words a bit advanced for my abilities.
My two critiques are that I felt like it could've used another page or two to flesh out some of the aspects of the journey a little better. Perhaps a page featuring a 'roadmap' showing an overview of the trip. I also found the artwork disturbing. No, not the poop with the apple core hat - that's awesome - but rather the creepy wolf-dog doctor thing that tells the story.
This book hasn't encouraged our toddler to stop pooping in his pants yet, but this is a book he likes us to read regularly. So while he may not care what happens to Mr. Poop once he leaves his body, at least now he has a basic understanding of what he went through to get there.