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Mi Familia Calaca / My Skeleton Family by…

Mi Familia Calaca / My Skeleton Family

by Cynthia Weill

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I liked this book for the unique way in which it was written. First, I liked that this book is bilingual. Under each English phrase on the pages, is the same phrase written in Spanish. Thus, I really liked that this book can demonstrate to readers words/phrases about families in two different languages. It was interesting for me to see how Spanish sentence structure compares to English because they were lined up vertically on the pages.

Next, although this book is informational, I believe that the illustrations used in this story made the book interesting. A book about families, this author uses skeletons as a representation of a family including a sister, a brother, a baby, a mother, a father, a grandmother, a grandfather, a great-grandmother, and pets. It is indicated in this book that the illustrations are used as a play-off of the Mexican holiday, The Day of The Dead. This broadens perspective for English readers in that they can further learn about different cultures regarding languages and holidays.

I think the main idea of this book is to inform readers how to read about members of a family in the Spanish and English languages. Through the bilingualism, illustrations and overall text used, I think the author conveyed this message/main idea well. ( )
  sarahwarner329 | Oct 27, 2014 |
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"Welcome to the Family! It's just like yours: father, mother, sister, brother, abuelita, gato. Well, but, there's something just a little bit different about this family. Maybe it's those clothes they wear... just a little bit fashion backward. And the colors! So vibrant and... lively. Maybe that's what it is. They are just so full of life. Familia-life from a Day of the Dead perspective!"--… (more)

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