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Collaborative Post with Nene Bilingüe0 "Being raised speaking both Spanish and English, I always felt there was a time and place for each. Rarely did I mix them, rather it was more of an either-or mentality. The rule was: En la casa se habla español and at school and everywhere else it's your choice! Now that I have my own children I want them to maintain their mother-tongue to be able to communicate with the world! I want them to use Spanish at home and out on the street, I want them to use English when they see fit, I want them to choose the right words in whatever language to share their feelings and thoughts. I want them to be BILINGÜE." -Verónica Villa
Review: New Bilingual Book, Un Pequeño libro sobre sentimentos0 When I received Un Pequeño Libro Sobre Sentimentos/A Little Book About Feelings written by Samantha Kurtzman-Counter and Abbie Schiller from The Mother Company Foundation (TMCF) I immediately knew it would be special. I am a sucker for beautiful art in books and the hand-felted characters are beyond lovely. Just look!
Un Pequeño Libro Sobre Sentimentos/A Little Book About Feelings is written for children in the 2-6 age range to learn about various feelings and how to express them. This book is part of a series of books by TMCF aimed to boost children's emotional and social well being to better deal with stress and trauma. Children living with trauma or who have gone through hardship have a difficult time expressing big feelings.
Un Pequeño Libro Sobre Sentimentos/A Little Book About Feelings encourages children to share their feelings and feel less alone with them. This book is also a helpful tool for parents who also have a difficult time understanding how to support children with their feelings.
I see lots of bilingual books each day and I really like that the publisher decided to do two different font styles for English and Spanish. What I have learned from bilingual teachers is that children who read these books can't tell the difference between the languages if it is not presented to them. For their first bilingual book, this was very thoughtful.
The Mother Company Foundation released this book as part of their commitment to supporting the Latinx community in the US, especially when we are facing various issues that affect children's emotional and physical states. They have partnered with the Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) and Para Los Ninños two nonprofit/educational organizations in Los Angeles serving vulnerable children and families.
The book was just released last week during the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month and they have also have dubbed into Spanish "Ruby's Studio: The Feelings Show", part of an Emmy-awarded series, "Ruby's Studio" distributed by the American Public Television. In honor of this special month, it will be available on public television stations nationwide. You may also purchase it on The Mother Company's website here.
We ordered copies of Un Pequeño Libro Sobre Sentimentos/A Little Book About Feelings to include in our Bilingual Book Boxes for younger readers and to sell it our store. We are thrilled The Mother Company asked us to review this book and share it with our community.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
- Maceo Cabrera Estevez
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Interview: Meet Lufi and Friends0
"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."-Henry Ford
Booklandia's Choice Read for March: Part 20
I had always dreamt of living on the East Coast so when the opportunity presented itself, we jumped at the chance. We landed in Baltimore, just an hour from D.C. and we dove into exploring the area. Coming from CA, we were excited to have so much history at our feet.
I was also itching to introduce my daughter to the loooong walk down the National Mall. It was a little ambitious for a then 3-year-old but the conversations it allowed really brought home the fact that there are not enough women in politics. Later, our participation in the 2017 Women's March on Washington led me to find Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/ La juez que creció en el Bronx by John Winter.
Through Justice Sotomayor's example, we find again that women should have a significant place at the table.
I was pleasantly surprised that the author elaborated on the mother-daughter relationship and the sacrifices Sotomayor's mother made in order to allow her to succeed. This children's biography has English and Spanish translations side by side so that anyone that walks into our home is able to follow along. This has been especially useful when my niece and nephew's join us for some reading. They like to follow along to learn new words in Spanish.
When my 12-year-old niece Jocelyn was born, our family fully embraced the "princess" image. Fast forward to my becoming a mother to a daughter, I quickly decided that I did not want anything princess-related near her. Well, as we all know, outside influences happen, children, develop their own opinions, and I could not keep her in a bubble. My short years in motherhood have taught me nothing if not the importance of balance. So, while my niece and daughter got princess from their grandparents, they got warrior from me.
I chose Cuentos de Buenas Noches Para Ninas Rebeldes by Elena Favili and Francesca Cavallo for Jocelyn's Christmas present but my 4-year-old Alondra got a hold of it before it could be wrapped, and there was no going back! Thankfully, I was delighted to find Mujeres de Ciencia by Rachel Ignotofsky. Because of the slime craze, my niece had developed an interest in science experiments. This suited her age better and helped push her to other scientific discoveries.
- When Alondra wants to make slime, we use cornstarch, food dye, and water.
They love choosing a new page each time Grandma visits. Together, the three read the excerpt and research the woman's accomplishments. They learned about Patricia Bath when discussing Grandpa's cataracts, they watched Misty Copeland grand jete across a stage, they copied Xian Zhang's hand movements as she conducted, and on, and on. Ninas Rebeldes and Mujeres de Ciencia are wonderful introductions into the lives of extraordinary women. We all appreciate that each biography is just long enough to spark an interest and encourage self-directed learning.
What woman inspired your family this month? What STEAM activities are your go-to's?
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Booklandia's Choice Reads for March: Part 10
We really don't need March to get us to read books by and about inspiring women at Booklandia. Most of our books are written by Latinas.