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3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  355 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Carmelita loves to greet everyone in her colorful neighborhood. There are people from so many different cultures! They all like to say hello too, so now Carmelita can say hello in Spanish, English, French, Japanese, and many other languages. And her dog, Manny?well, he seems to understand everyone, and gives a happy ?Woof!? wherever he goes. Caldecott Honor winner Rachel I ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Mar 28, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Carmelita and her mother go on a visit and on their way pass through their multicultural town. They exchange greetings in many languages as they pass friends from diverse backgrounds.

Rachel Isadora's collage illustrations are delightful here. I really enjoyed all the details, the attention to the attire of the various people and decorations in the shops in the town. (Of course, it might have been more accurate to show that some of the people from other background don't always dress in tradition
Lisa Vegan
Mar 28, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
I loved this book. I found it heartwarming and I got a chuckle when the dog gave a hello bark on every page.

I’m a sucker for books such as this. Little girl. Check. Dog. Check. Multi-cultural neighborhood. Check. Learning words in other languages. Check. (In this case it’s the word hello, in many languages: Arabic, French, Spanish (2 ways in Spanish!), Italian, Swahili, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Hebrew, not in that order. Not making the list at the end, but within the story, is I guess wha
Apr 16, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
On her way to her Abuela Rose’s house, Carmelita greets her neighbors and learns how they say hello in their different languages. Carmelita’s dog Manny is happy to greet everyone with a friendly “Woof” that translates easily into every language. The book is set in a diverse urban neighborhood filled with friendly faces in a variety of skin tones. How do you say hello in your family or neighborhood?

Isadora has again created a book for very young readers that is inviting and fresh. The urban setti
Dec 09, 2012 Brittany rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Book Description: On her way to see grandma, a young girl encounters people of all different ethnicity's throughout her neighborhood and greets them in their respective languages.

Story: I liked this book for multiple reasons. The first being the interactive part of learning how to say hello in different languages. I liked even more that there was an index in the back of the book telling me the correct pronunciation of each of the ways to say hello. The story was okay, I’ve seen it done a lot of
Text to world:

This story really connects to the changing world around us. You can literally walk down the street and meet people that speak different languages or are from different cultures. Teaching kids to be kind and accepting in all situations is important especially in this day and age.


1. Who does the girl want to visit?
2. What happened after Carmelita and her mom left the house?
3. If you could ask Carmelita a question, what would you ask?
4. How is Carmelita and the people she
Dec 10, 2016 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: _picture

So many people of so many colors! A cute dog! Great illustrations! And a pronunciation guide that lets you know the language of each greeting. This is one I'll need to buy for forever.
Jun 04, 2010 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Carmelita and her Mama greet lots of people from different cultures in their very diverse neighborhood. They practice saying hello in many differnt ways, showing that friendliness and kindness are universal.
Jan 12, 2017 Meredith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a fun, multicultural picture book. I always have the kids practice the different languages with me, and they get such a kick out of the dog barking after each new language.
Mama Bibliosoph
Uh-Oh! is one of my son Luke's favorite books right now, so I badly wanted to include a title by Caldecott honoree Rachel Isadora for this list. She is often compared to Ezra Jack Keats for her portrayal of a diverse cast of children characters in everyday life. Say Hello! is the book I decided to include for this list because it is so effective for showing a child what language is.

Carmelita and her dog greet everyone in her neighborhood on their way to her abuela's house. They all say hello to
McKenze Ocampo
Jan 17, 2017 McKenze Ocampo rated it liked it
Shelves: diversity
Fun to learn all the ways to say Hello. However no story, felt forced to read.
Annawade Stevenson
Oct 27, 2016 Annawade Stevenson rated it liked it
"Say Hello" by Rachel Isadora is a multicultural picture book that is about a little Spanish girl named Carmelita who goes around her neighborhood with her mom and dog saying hello to everyone in different languages. They continue to walk around the neighborhood and go to a restaurant, bakery, a butcher, a pizza place, the park, and ice cream truck and finally end up visiting their friend or family member named Abuela Rose. The tone of the book is cheerful and light, and everyone she says hello ...more
Mar 02, 2017 Trish rated it liked it
Shelves: je, 2017
This book is about saying hello in different languages. Good for young readers.
Lisa Mckay
Oct 08, 2012 Lisa Mckay rated it it was amazing
Carmelita starts her day in the morning fixing breakfast with her mother. While doing this, her mother tells her that they be visiting her grandmother later in the day.
As the two made their journey walking across town, they ran into many different people. To each one, Carmelita and her mother showed respect by saying hello in that person's native language. By the time the two had met up with Carmelita's grandmother, they had said hello in almost ten different languages!

I would recommend this
Shelli Holechek
This is an adorable picture book that introduces children to many different cultures, languages, and traditions all during a trip through Carmilita's neighborhood.

I would use this book to teach the comprehension strategy of text-to-world connection. I would introduce the book and discuss the author and illustrator. I would also tell the students that the author is a Caldecott Honor recipient and explain to the students what that means.

After reading the book I would ask the children how are the
Feb 01, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
3-5 years.

In this book, Carmelita and her mother go to visit her Abuela Rosa. On the way they pass through a busy city full of people who speak many languages. Carmelita and her mother say hello in Italian, Arabic, French, Swahili, and many other languages.

I would extend the age limit of this book to at least second grade, because it introduces so many different ways to say hello. My seven year old liked saying the different words, and many of them she remembered from a song she had sung in fi
Diana Garcia
Mar 28, 2014 Diana Garcia rated it really liked it
Rachel Isadora is a writer and an illustrator. She's recieved a Caldecott Honor for one of her books. Her illustrations are made of cut-paper artwork making it seem as if it's standing out for you to touch the different pieces. Her books are full of diversity and captivate many other cultures.

This book was so simple yet I found it interesting. It breaks the culture barrier by learning about other people's greetings. It shows the neighborhood and things you see when you go walking in the streets.
1. Text to World Connection: When reading this book I connected it to large cities like New York City. While I have never been to New York City, I know they have a variety of cultures and many languages are spoken there. In the book Carmelita greets many different people in different languages.

2. Where were Carmelita and her Mom going that morning?
What kind of city do you honk Carmelita and her Mom live in? Why?
If you were to greet someone, what would you say? Would it be the same for your f
Jan 23, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
The concept isn't very new, but the images are lovely. I really like the idea that the people in Carmelita's neighborhood 1) greet one another and 2) know one another well enough to offer greeting in an appropriate language. But, I sometimes wonder if such a neighborhood really exists (and if so, where is it?! Maybe somewhere in NYC? Because definitely not Boston, Chicago, DC...). This book could be helpful in showing young children that there are many languages, all of which are valid, and that ...more
Missy Kirtley
I liked the idea of introducing my toddler to different kinds of people, different customs, so my friend recommended this one to us. It's cute, and I think it fits all of the requirements that my friend (who is also a Children's Librarian) says should be good for books for toddlers. There's a very loose story, it's rather repetitive and simple, and it has many different cultures--that last one was my requirement. It's February, "Black History Month" from when I was a child in school, and I wante ...more
Apr 20, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
When I first opened this book, I noticed the colorful patterns, bright pages, and the collage technique used to put the pictures together. I can’t help but think this would be a great book to tie into an art activity after story time where kids create collages! But, for the story itself, Carmelita and her mom take their dog, Manny, for a walk through their neighborhood where they greet people of many different backgrounds and languages, including English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Swahili, and ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Tara rated it liked it
This is a nice book for introducing children to different cultures. It follows Carmelita as she heads through the neighbourhood. She greets many different people, saying 'hello' in their native languages. The illustrations are bright and the text is simple. It is handy to know there is a pronunciation guide at the back, which also tells you what all the different languages are. The only thing I would say, is because each person is representing a particular culture, I can't help but feel the repr ...more
Jenny Young
Aug 10, 2011 Jenny Young rated it liked it
Grades K-2



The illustrations are created with oil prints, printed paper and palette paper.

Personal response:
This is a very cute book about a young girl walking down a diverse street in their neighborhood and greeting all of the people in their native languages. Her dog seems to "understand" and "speak" all languages as it barks each time during the greetings. It is a cute little story and easy way to introduce different cultures to young child
Natalie Heavrin
This is such a cute book! The illustrations remind me of Eric Carle, one of my favorites. This is the only story I've come across that has so many different languages features in one book. Students can learn how to say hello from all over the globe! The only problem I had was that the characters were a bit stereotypical. For example, when they went to go say "konichiwa," the Japanese characters worked at an Asian restaurant and were wearing kimonos. I guess it's a way for children to better iden ...more
Nov 08, 2011 Emerson rated it it was amazing
Possibly one of my most favorite books ever. HOLA! BONJOUR! JAMBO! These are just a few of the new ways I've learned to say hello from this book. We picked up this book because the author illustrated another of my favorite books:Peekaboo Morning. Even though the art in this book is a little different than that book, it's still lovely. I love Carmelita's neighborhood. My only criticism of the book is that it ends a little abruptly - with a visit to an ice cream truck that doesn't seem to have a l ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Brianna rated it really liked it
In this delightful picture book Rachel Isadora teaches the reader how to "Say Hello!" in 9 languages. Colorful pages accompany the text as the main character, a little girl named Carmelita, wakes up to visit her grandmother. On her way, she walks through the neighborhood with her mother and her dog, greeting the neighbors in their various languages.

Every page is visually captivating and full of vibrant life. I love the "Hello" translations found at the end of the story. Perfect to read aloud age
Carmelita goes to visit her Abuela Rosa and on the way she says hello to all the different people she meets in her neighbourhood in their own languages. The colours are vivid with a lot of opportunity to explore the images, signs etc. with your child. There are 9 different greetings in the book.

Recommended for
Any parent who wants their young child to be aware of different cultures and to hear the sound of the language. Many kids find knowing how to do or say something others cannot, exci
Dec 05, 2015 Amelia rated it really liked it
Shelves: african-american
This is a great introduction to the concept of other languages. The little girl is traveling to visit her grandmother, and says hello to a multicultural (if slightly stereotypical) cast of people in over a half dozen languages, which are later identified on the last page of the book. I had a little bit of trouble with the Arabic greeting simply because it's the longest and I probably should have practiced a little more, but otherwise most are familiar greetings (Buenos Dias, Bonjour, Jambo, Koni ...more
Sep 21, 2013 Allyson rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A nice book that works well for several themes- saying hello, different languages, different cultures. Includes a pronunciation guide in the back, thank goodness- I'd never have been able to pronounce "Al salaam a'alaykum" without it! Say Hello does a wonderful job of introducing different languages and cultures in an accessible way, even for preschoolers who live in homogenous communities. However, I don't think the story flows well otherwise, especially at the end.
David Gallin-Parisi
Feb 12, 2013 David Gallin-Parisi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Say whatsup to this book.
Go walking down your street.
See if you notice all the things you'll find on the morning of this story.
The collages are stunning, and the people's expressions spectacular. It's all in the details. Something about Isadora's compositions and design make this book stand apart from other collage artists' work. I'd say it's all in the found signage mixed with hilarious facial movements.
Paige Spychalski
Feb 03, 2017 Paige Spychalski rated it it was amazing
Carmelita is a very young girl who is very outgoing and loves saying hello to people everyday. She is consumed by many different cultures and languages however and learns to say hello in lots of different languages. She says hello in spanish, english, japanese, and even french. I do not know much spanish but i learned a few words while reading this book! Which I would assume children are doing the same. The illustrations are very colorful and I love that this is a spanish speaking book for child ...more
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Rachel Isadora is an award-winning children's author and illustrator. She has written children's books on multiple topics including ballet, life in America and Africa, and has illustrated several Brother Grimm tales in an African setting. She is most well-known for her Caldecott Honor Award book "Ben's Trumpet". She was a ballet dancer before she became an illustrator and children's writer.
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