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Say Hello! Hardcover – April 15, 2010
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PreSchool-Grade 1—Carmelita and her mother set out to visit Abuela Rosa. As they pass each family or store, they call out the appropriate greeting. Whether it be friends just returning from Africa ("Jambo!") or the woman in the bakery ("Bonjour!"), Carmelita's dog is ready with a friendly "Woof!" When Carmelita reaches her grandmother ("Hola!"), the two share a smile as the pup seems to understand yet another greeting. Carmelita's busy, diverse neighborhood is a place that children will enjoy, and Isadora's oil-and-collage illustrations are richly detailed. From Carmelita's huevos con tocino (eggs and bacon) to the Japanese restaurant's lanterns, textured paint and printed patterns invite readers to linger on each page. Text and illustrations work together to provide clues for readers who may be learning these greetings for the first time. Pronunciation is not included, so adults will want to prepare before reading the book aloud. This accessible story could be used to discuss not only languages, but clothing and manners as well.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
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One morning Carmelita, her mother, and their dog Manny go to visit Abuela Rose. Walking through their neighborhood, they run into friends and shopkeepers and stop to greet them in different languages: “Buenos días” to Señor Enrico at the bodega, “Shalom” to Mrs. Rosen and her children, “Konichiwa” to the Japanese restaurant staff, “Jambo,” to Joseph and his parents, “Al salaam a’alaykum” to the butcher and his family, and so on. In contrast, Manny greets everyone with “woof.” There’s no real drama; the text is pared down to essentials and the striking collage-style illustrations are colorful and dynamic. Richly patterned with oil paints as well as printed patterns, the cut-paper shapes show up vividly against the white backgrounds. Pair this upbeat book with Manya Stojic’s Hello World! (2002) and Lila’s Prap’s Animals Speak (2006) for opening discussions of different languages and cultures. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan
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Carmelita goes to visit her Abuela Rosa and on the way she says hello to all the different people she meets in her neighbourhood in their own languages.Read more