The Fruit Shop/La frutería

Candlewick. (Teeny Tiendas). Sept. 2024. 20p. Board. $8.99. ISBN 9781536226591. BL.
Baby-Toddler–This new bilingual board book series welcomes little ones to the stores, workers, and products in their neighborhoods. In The Flower Shop/La florería (also known as la floristería) (see ISBN 9781536226607), Mrs. Rosario’s flower shop is the center of the short narrative where children and their caregivers buy flowers for the elders at the Senior Center. Different types of flowers are introduced in English and Spanish, and lovely illustrations accompany them to showcase the colorful wonders of the shop. In The Fruit Shop/La frutería, readers meet Mr. Manzano and his fruit shop, a place to find star fruit, peaches, guayabas, and grapefruit. Diverse family groups stop by the shop to get fruit for a picnic at the park. Both books use simple bilingual texts and playful illustrations that will engage young children to learn and identify flowers and fruits at their next visits to the shops.
VERDICT Charming entries in a new series that will help kids get to know their communities.

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