Todo es nuevo

Clavis. Oct. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781605379852. SP.
K-Gr 3–A young boy laments the home he left behind in this touching Spanish-language picture book that explores change and new experiences. The little boy shares with readers the things they’ve left behind: his cardboard play house and the trees that gave the yard such nice shade. Their new house, new trees, and even their new pool are different and much too big, even scary. The one thing he still has is his old tricycle with his beloved stickers on it, but one day even that breaks. When his Papá buys him a new bicycle, he is hesitant at first. It is new and different, and he misses his old tricycle. But as Papá shows him that he can use new stickers, the boy realizes maybe it isn’t so bad. Slowly, the young boy begins to explore the new home, even making friends with his neighbor. The Spanish text perfectly expresses the feelings of fear and anxiety someone might feel when having to face something new and is adeptly accompanied by illustrations that show the boy’s uncertainty and longing for what was. As the story continues, readers will see the boy slowly try new things, as he understands that while they might be scary they also might be surprising.
VERDICT This lovely Spanish-language picture book is a great choice for exploring the topic of change and trying new things, and is highly recommended for all Spanish-language collections for children.

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