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The Moon is La Luna: Silly Rhymes in English & Spanish    by Jay M. Harris & Matthew Cordell order for
Moon is La Luna
by Jay M. Harris
Order:  USA  Can
Houghton Mifflin, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

The title says it all: this book is a composite of silly rhymes on unrelated topics, incorporating both Spanish and English into each little poem. The Spanish translation can be gleaned from the context of the sentence.

Some examples:
'When you take a nap, it's una siesta.
When you throw a party, it's una fiesta.
It would be best
To get a short rest,
So before la fiesta, siesta!

Soy beans, soy beans,
Eat them with beef or ham.
But soy, in Spanish, isn't beans.
Instead it means "I am."

The simple illustrations will provide a visual aid for children to pick up a few basic Spanish words, and a glossary of over fifty translations is provided at the end. Another good children's picture book that combines Spanish and English words is Bebe Goes Shopping by Susan Middleton Elya.

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