Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hidden Gems at La Casa Azul Bookstore 3/4/2014

Happy Tuesday everyone!
What better way to start off the week here at La Casa Azul Bookstore than by reading books?
Working with children I have developed a soft spot for children’s book and one that is always on my to-read aloud book list is “Round as a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes” by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by John Parra.

Growing up we all have seen different books about shapes. What makes “Round as a Tortilla” special is the ability of the author to use both everyday objects to show shapes while also teaching children about the richness of the Mexican culture. While the book is primarily in English there are Spanish words interspersed within the narrative. For those that don’t speak Spanish, never fear, there is a glossary at the end of the book that explains what each word means.

While the content alone makes this a great book to have, as any storyteller knows for the children illustrations can make or break a book. In the case of “Round as a Tortilla” the illustrations by award winning artist, John Parra not only bring to life the narrative but they themselves are feasts for the eyes, infused with bright colors that will surely capture young audiences. My favorite picture for instance is the first page which has two dancers on a stage, trumpets blaring against a starry night. A great read that will definitely have the younger children remember their shapes, “Round as a Tortilla” should be a book on everyone’s shelf.

If you like this book be sure to join us as we host the launch of their next book in the series, “Green as a Chile Pepper” on Saturday March 8, 11:00am to 1:00pm – John Parra will be joining us, reading and signing books for all his fans!

Illustration from "Green is a chile pepper"
- Galia, School Programs Coordinator 

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