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Playing Loteria /El Juego de La Loteria Rene Colato Lainez

Playing Loteria /El Juego de La Loteria

Rene Colato Lainez

Published January 25th 2009
ISBN : 9780873589192
Paperback
32 pages
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 About the Book 

I absolutely love this bilingual (Spanish/English) story! Not only does it teach others about a beloved game my siblings, cousins, and I all played together when we were young--la otería--but it also teaches children to spend time with their loved ones, even if they dont speak each others language very well: Loved ones have special ways of understanding each other... (p. 1).In this story, a little boy is nervous about visiting his grandmother who lives in Mexico (San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato) on his own because he mostly speaks English and his grandmother only speaks Spanish. By practicing the riddles that go with each lotería card, the little boy and his abuela spend time together and his Spanish improves. He even teaches Abuela a little English. By the end of his trip, the boy wants to spend more time with his grandma. It is just such a special story--one that celebrates bilingualism and biculturalism and encourages mostly English speakers to spend time with Spanish-speaking family members.