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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fall Spanish Mentor Texts


You know what they say about teachers being hoarders? Well, as of lately I can completely confess I've become a habitual hoarder of children's literature in Spanish. I feel my new-found obsession is completely validated when I see my students' eyes light up as they see me put a new book in my library. Being that quality translated Spanish books are often hard to find in the level needed, I'm completely okay with hoarding what is available.

I have been recently taken on a weekly theme in my Kindergarten classroom. My themes of the week are complimented with a display of texts that motivate my students to learn! This past week, we learned all about pumpkins. Here are some amazing books I found to spotlight with my students during the week. 

Author: Dianne Helton
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Theme: Pumpkins / Fall
Age: 3 - 7 
Awards: N/A
Languages: English and Spanish
Review: This book I would consider to be a great read aloud for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade because of it's repetition and great vocabulary! The font is tricky for young readers to read fluently but overall this is a great text to have in the classroom.
Author: Zoe Hall
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Pumpkins / Fall
Age: 3 - 7 
Awards: N/A
Languages: Spanish
Review: What is the best way to prepare fro Halloween? Planting pumpkins. The characters of this book plant pumpkin seeds and take care of them until the fall to then turn them into Jack-o-lanterns. A fun book that teaches even young children how pumpkins grow! 
Author: Steven Kroll
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Pumpkins / Fall
Age: 4 - 8
Awards: N/A
Languages: Spanish
Review: This is a fun Halloween story that Kindergarten through 3rd grade kids will enjoy. It traces the growing season of one special pumpkin from its start as a very tiny green bump on a vine to a huge carved jack-o-lantern that wins the town pumpkin contest. The pumpkin becomes the biggest and best pumpkin in the whole town and wins the contest because two mouse friends, Clayton and Desmond, without realizing it, are both taking care of it.

Author: Jeanne Titherington
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Theme: Pumpkins / Fall
Age: 4 - 8
Awards: N/A
Languages: Spanish
Review: Jamie plants a pumpkin seed in the spring and, after watching it grow all summer, carves a face in it for Halloween! But best of all, he saves some seeds that he will plant again next spring. "Truly a book for all seasons."-Horn Book.
Author: Linda Williams
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Theme: Pumpkins / Fall
Age: 4 - 8 
Awards: N/A
Languages: Spanish
Review: The story of a little old lady who was never afraid of anything, until one night while walking through the woods she has the scare of her life! ‘The little old lady’s fearless attitude and her clever solution as to what to do with the lively shoes, pants, shirt and pumpkin head that are chasing her will enchant young audiences. With brilliantly colored, detailed folk art illustrations. A great purchase.’—School Library Journal.

Title: Calabazas
Author: Jacqueline Farmer
Rating: 3 / 5 Stars
Theme: Pumpkins
Age: 5 - 8 
Awards: N/A
Languages: Spanish
Review: Spanish edition of PUMPKINS. Did you know pumpkins have been around for 11,000 years? Or that the biggest pumpkin on record weighed over 1,300 pounds? Learn all about pumpkins—where they come from, how to grow them, and more—in this informative book that's guaranteed to squash the competition. Recipes, fun facts, and resources round out the text.
Author: Harris Calvin
Rating: 3 / 5 Stars
Theme: Pumpkins / Fall
Age: 4 - 8
Awards: N/A
Languages: English and Spanish
Review: In fall, pumpkins turn orange are picked from patches. Check out pumpkins during and after the harvest. This book teaches students all about the pumpkin harvest and what to expect!
Author: Ron Fridell
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Theme: Pumpkins / Fall
Age: 6 - 8 Years
Awards: N/A
Languages: Spanish
Review: How big can pumpkins grow? Why do pumpkins have very big leaves? This book takes an in-depth look at this familiar but fascinating plant. Although this book is meant for older students, young students can truly enjoy the photographs and learn from the images and details the book provides!