Manana Iguana

Written by Ann Whitford Paul, this colorful story is a fun, Southwestern adaptation of the story The Little Red Hen.  While I’m not always a fan of retelling stories, this one I really liked.  Iguana and her friends decide to throw a party on Saturday.  Each day Iguana asks her friends, a rabbit, turtle, and snake, to help with a party chore and each day they have a reason why they can’t.  On the day of the party, Iguana explains can’t greet the guests and have it be “their” party since they didn’t do any of the work.  The friends feel so bad that after Iguana goes to sleep they clean up the party mess and make amends.

I really like how my girls could see how upset Iguana was getting.  Every time we read the story, they say “Iguana is getting mad because they aren’t helping.”  What a great message!

I also like that the book introduces Spanish words in a way that is evening to understand.  The days of the week and animals’ names are all in Spanish as well as some other easy words and phrases.  But the English word or a picture is also used so that children can easily see what the word means.  It’s a fun way to expose children to Spanish, whether you want them to learn the actual words or just see that there are other languages out there.

While I focused on Manana Iguana, Ann Whitford Paul actual has quite a few books out:

And if you like those you might also be interested in these…

A Bad Case of Stripes

I just finished reading this book to Mia and Zoe and had to share since it’s one of our favorites right now.  We’ve read it many times. David Shannon is famous for his fabulous illustrations and capturing the world of children–and he doesn’t disappoint with A Bad Case of Stripes.

Camilla Cream loves lima beans but won’t eat them because she doesn’t want to be laughed at.  In fact she cares so much about what people think of her that she comes down with a bad case of stripes while not being able to choose an outfit for school.  Her skins becomes colored in stripes, then changes to fit whatever people tell her. It’s a good message about being yourself. While the girls are still young to fully understand the message, it’s never too early to introduce it to them.

Some other great books from David Shannon:

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