Mi Casa Is My Home

Candlewick. Sept. 2021. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536209433.
Gr 2-4–Lucia is a friendly young girl with a large family and a beautiful yellow house. In this book, she takes readers on a tour of each room in her home, su casa, explaining what happens there with her friends, family, and pets. In la cocina, her mother cooks yummy soups. In la sala, Lucia builds couch forts with her cousins, sus primos. The book itself is a friendly square shape, and Lucia is a happy narrator and guide in her bright blue rainbow shirt. Hoang’s watercolor and colored pencil illustrations are cheerful and vibrant. On almost every page, characters of a variety of skin tones and dress smile, play, and dance. The Spanish words are naturally incorporated into the text, without italics or parenthetical translations; those unfamiliar with the vocabulary can use context clues from both the text and art to decode meaning. Sala’s choice not to provide a glossary or translations helps show readers that Spanish isn’t a separate language but one that fits perfectly alongside English in Lucia’s home—and in other homes, too.
VERDICT A must-buy. This book is perfect not only for bilingual readers but also for those seeking to connect more with another language.

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