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A New Barker in the House (Barker Twins)

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The Barker twins, Morgie and Moffie, meet their adopted brother, Marcos, in this wonderful sequel to Meet the Barkers. But Marcos isn't a baby-he's three years old, and he only speaks Spanish. As Marcos plays dollies with Moffie and dinosaurs with Morgie, he's a little bewildered until he gets the twins to understand what he likes to play. As Marcos learns some English, th ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 15th 2002 by Putnam Publishing Group (first published April 2002)
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Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title / Author / Publication Date:
A New Barker in the House / De Paola, Tomie / 2002

Genre: Fiction

Format: Picture Book – print

Plot summary:
The Barker twins, Morgie and Moffie, are excited when they learn that their family is adopting a three-year-old Marcos. Their parents explain that they will have to help him, since he only speaks Spanish. When Marcos arrives they overwhelm him with their favorite things. Eventually though, Marcos shows them his favorite things, and teaches them Spanish and th
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book deals specifically with international adoption, but I think it's a great fit for foster care as well. The Barker twins are excited to learn they'll be getting a new brother and immediately begin planning all the things they'll do with him, and it takes some adjusting for them to realize that the new child comes with his own personality, likes, and dislikes.

The book deals with a language barrier, different food preferences (the new brother spits out the twins' favorite cereal), and dif
Laura Mincey
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a great story to share with students who have experienced adoption--particularly adoption of a sibling of another culture. dePaola writes about a family of dogs (that act more like humans than dogs because they speak properly, live in a house, etc.) who consists of a father, mother, son, and daughter. The family adopts a new son who speaks Spanish and the young siblings learn how to adjust to the new addition in their family. They brother and sister teach their new brother words in ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this Barker story, twins Moffie and Morgie get an adopted brother, Marcos. Marcos is three years old and only speaks Spanish. The twins have to adjust their expectations to the fact that Marcos is not a baby or a toy, but a person with his own likes and dislikes. With big, colorful illustrations, this is another endearing Barkers story that talks about adoption and learning a foreign language.
A family adopts a boy and the twins are excited about the new family member. They have to learn a few things since Marco speaks Spanish and they do not. They also need to learn patience for helping him adjust to the new family. Written in a simple manner.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really cute adoption story with the opportunity to learn some Spanish!
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
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I haven't been very impressed with either of the Barker books I have read so far. I think I shall refrain from checking out any more of them.
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.
He's been published for 40 years and has written and/or illustrated over 200 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.
Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.
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