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Los tres cabritos/ The Three Cabritos (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – March 20, 2012
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About the Author
Author Eric A. Kimmel is well known for the tales he has retold from around the world. Some of his best-known titles are Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (a Caldecott Honor book), Gershon’s Monster, Anansi and the Talking Melon, and The Runaway Tortilla. A former professor of children’s literature, he lives in Portland, Oregon.
Illustrator Stephen Gilpin received his BFA from the New York School of Visual Arts. He and his wife, Krista, have four children and live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is happy to have discovered the joy of illustrating a picture book!
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The fine illustrations by Stephen Gilpin definitely give the crisp feel of a graphic novel, which appeals to both me and my son. Marta Ramirez Rodenas does an excellent job with translating the story (I was able to check out the English version from our local library to compare the two). The only issue I noticed was the decision to include the Glossary (less than half a page). It doesn't seem necessary for this Spanish edition, especially when it includes definitions for simple words like "Gracias."
This is a cute book. The illustrations are fun and the chupacabra, while clearly the villain, will not give the kids nightmares. The Spanish is basic and this is ideal for little kids and students of the language. Recommended.
Each of the goats plays a different musical instrument, with each instrument slightly larger (fiddle, guitar, accordion) as are the goats. The hapless chupacabra ends up getting a musical comeuppance.
The illustrations brought a smile to my face with the monster chupacabra reminiscent of the giant hairy monster who wore tennis shoes in old Bugs Bunny cartoons.
This is the kind of book we used in first and second year high school Spanish classes because of the simpler vocabulary of a children's book. With four years of high school Spanish I had no problem reading this book at all. There is a very small glossary and pronunciation guide, but given that it's only nine names and terms, I found it an odd addition.
For a native Spanish speaker, I put this book at about a first grade level.
Fun book, funny cartoon like illustrations, and an easy amusing read. Muy bien hecho.
Unfortunately, there is a monster living under the bridge, a monster named Chupacabra who eats goats. Each of the brother goats tells the monster about his older brother who will provide a better meal, as in the Scandinavian story, but there's a difference. Each of the goats also plays music for the monster. The illustrations of Chupacabra dancing to the music of the violin, the guitar, and the accordion in turn are sure to be kids' favorite part of the story.
The biggest billy goat has a special power, though: no one can stop dancing while he plays, so the monster ends up deflated like a punctured balloon, and he can cross the bridge in safety.
This is Eric Kimmel's original Tex-Mex version of the story, using the traditional bogeyman Chupacabra ("the goat sucker") in place of the Scandinavian troll, and parents may prefer its nonviolent approach over the traditional one. The illustrations are witty, lively, and modern.
This version is in Spanish. The familiar story and repetition make it a good choice for Spanish language classes or for bilingual classrooms as well as for Spanish-speaking kids.