Chattip Onarrie Onarrie itibaren Thate Khas, Uttar Pradesh 273213, Hindistan
Quaint, simple story about the cost and value of freedom. Maybe relevant today? I had the impression the story was going to be...something else; visceral, brutal. Wasn't really. Strange I had that impression.
2008 Pura Belpré Medal Winner (for illustration) Creepy paintings combine with clever poems that include Spanish Halloween vocabulary words. Various monsters appear on each page until there are enough to have a ball, but their party is interrupted by the scariest thing of all--children out Trick-or-Treating! Since I am trying to pick up more Spanish, I really liked this picture book. In linguistics we call this random insertion of words from other languages "code-mixing," and I totally geeked out over seeing it printed in a children's book. The book includes a glossary in the back that is okay, but inconsistent with how it uses articles. It also has some weird suggestions for how to pronounce the words, such as "POOWARE-tah" for "puerta." Anybody going around in Mexico talking about POOWARE-tahs is going to sound pretty dumb. Skip the "poo" and stick with "pware." Or just skip the glossary altogether and enjoy the story--that would be my suggestion.