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Our Celebración!

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  35 reviews
It's a sunny day and everyone is headed to the main plaza for the start of the town parade and summer celebration. Follow along the parade route with a family of six as the festivities unfold. There are people riding motorcycles, bicycles, tricycles, and unicycles. Firefighters spray water on hot spectators. Bands of musicians playing clarinetes, saxophones, flautas, trump ...more
Published May 15th 2018 by Lee & Low
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Marissa Elera
Elya is always good for a golden storytime book. Love Aranda's sunny illustrations!

This is an interesting blend of both English and Spanish. The lines rhyme and sometimes an English word rhymes with a Spanish word and vice versa. I don’t remember seeing that done before, and I found it very interesting. There is a glossary in the back for all of the Spanish words used.
Audrey Colwell
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The bright, festive illustrations on the cover are immediately eye-catching and inviting. To the reader’s delight, the bright full-page color illustrations continue throughout the book. The text is written in an upbeat cadence that lends itself well to a lesson about rhythm and rhyme. The majority of the text is written in English, however, Spanish terms, mostly nouns, are woven throughout the text in a way that lends itself well to the pervasive rhyme scheme. The text could serve to facilitate ...more
Who doesn't love a celebration? Weaving in 50 Spanish terms and using rhyming text, the author takes readers along with her as one by one, just about everyone heads downtown for a parade and summer festival. There are floats, firetrucks, marching bands, delicious foods, and even fireworks to keep everyone entertained. Even the weather decides to cooperate as clouds and a rain shower are followed by sunshine and a rainbow, which brings smiles to the attendees. Created with watercolor, gouache, an ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A community heads to a celebration together in this vibrant picture book that offers a mix of Spanish and English. The celebration features a large parade with fantastic floats, marching bands, fire engines and much more. There is plenty of delicious food to try and refreshing drinks to sip. When the rain begins, the fun doesn’t stop, though everyone celebrates when the sunshine returns bringing with it a celebratory rainbow.

Elya does a marvelous job of offering Spanish words for children to lea
Christine Turner
It's a sunny summer day. Come join the crowd headed for the parade! Marvel at the people riding motorcycles, bicycles, tricycles, and unicycles. Duck out of the way as firefighters spray water on hot spectators. Clap to the music as bands of musicians playing clarinetes, saxophones, flautas, trumpets, and drums march by. Feast on lemonade, watermelon, tacos, and ice cream. Wave to the corn princess as her float passes by. Then take cover when a quick rain shower comes, followed by a bright rainb ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Carolyn by: UMW 2021 Reading Program
An Hispanic festival, complete with parade, food, music, dancing, fireworks, and even a little rain. The day is narrated in verse with a mixture of English and Spanish words. What a fun way to learn another language! There's a glossary in the back for those of us who don't know all the Spanish words. The illustrations are just as colorful and festive as the celebracion. This book took me back to the annual parade and fair that we had in the small town where I grew up. ...more
Trisha Parsons
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storytime
I chose this book for a Cinco De Mayo themed Storytime. The pictures have so many details, and my kids are so observant, so getting through this book took some time, but that's okay with me! I like their curiosity and observational skills. The story has a nice rhythm as it rhymes and interweaves basic Spanish vocabulary into the primarily English story. ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
The book revolves around a day of celebration. It's told in a mix of English and Spanish words. Terrific way to introduce both languages.
Glossary of the Spanish words included at the end of the story.
Nedra Isenberg
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
Colorful rhyming book that includes a helpful glossary and pronunciation guide for the words in Spanish for people like me. I think it would be fun to read with a class and have the students predict what the Spanish words mean.
#Ownvoice #Spanish #vocabulary A parade is presented with 50 Spanish words with rhyming text. Engage with people, sights, weather, and experience a celebration. Bright pictures and rhyme make this a great text.
Ann Santori
Nice internal rhyme scheme with tons of Spanish vocab and a glossary at back. A little too much to read to a child who is not at all bilingual, but for even a beginner Spanish language learner, the words would be easy to decipher.
Jen Fier Jasinski
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The writing and art in Our Celebración are purely captivating! I’m awestruck by their amazing use of rhyming couplets and two languages. Every scene offers readers plenty to discover and revel in as they connect their own celebration experiences with each page turn.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Fun and festive, I am always impressed how smoothly her books read aloud even for non-Spanish speakers. Recommended for ages 3-6.
Syntha Green
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The author has a nice way of blending the Spanish words into the rhyme scheme
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Fantastic bi-lingual picture book with beautiful illustrations.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A town celebrates. Text is infused with Spanish words, with a glossary in the back with definition and pronunciation.
Whitney Pittsenbarger
This was a really cute book , full of Spanish words.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Imaginative and original, at least to me. An interesting blend of English and Spanish. There might be a place for this as a mentor text in middle grades or middle school.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime
Would be great for bilingual storytime.
Nikki Glassley
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I wish the illustrations and text were a little larger. There was a few places the rhyme didn't work for me, but it's otherwise really lovely. ...more
Cara Byrne
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a joyful picture book that integrates an inclusive vision of our world and Spanish terms throughout.
Own voices for illustrations.
Playful and fun a great rhythmic use of both English and Spanish
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish-learning
It is hard to make words rhyme with another language and it align correctly. A lot of thought/work went into this book. Well done ladies.
Hailey Worden
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The fun and colorful rhyming story showcases diversity and celebrates multiple cultures and languages. The story is about friendship and community.
Library Lady Terri
All the fun of a parade and a day long celebration comes through in the illustrations and words of this story. I enjoy the rhythm of the story. It definitely added to the reading.
Miss Sarah
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
A neighborhood gets ready for a celebration with a Spanish flavor. Lots of Spanish words sprinkled in. preschool and up
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-time
This book is bright and colorful. A festive celebration is found within the pages!
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sje-library
SJE text includes blending English and Spanish, with great illustrations, about a community celebration.
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