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One Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  305 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Lively picture book enumerates the joys of counting in both English and Spanish

Boisterous illustrations and rhyming text: One is a rainbow. One is a cake. One is a piñata that's ready to break! In this lively picture book, a companion to the Pura Belpré–honored Green Is a Chile Pepper, children discover a fiesta of numbers in the world around them, all the way from one to
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Chronicle Books
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Jon Nakapalau
Still trying to learn Spanish - wonderful art! This was a really fun book - a perfect book to read with children at a birthday party before they start swinging! This is the type of book that will get lots of repeat reads; a great addition to any 'trying to learn Spanish' personal library. ...more
I've read a lot of counting books alongside my two boys but this was the first English/Spanish one. Going from the numbers one to ten, Thong and Parra shower the book in rich cultural references to Mexico including foods and drinks, music, gifts and celebrations. The books follows a mixed rhyming structure throughout and key words (which are then explored further in the glossary) are in bold. I enjoyed the rich, diverse illustrations and it is clear that Parra has built upon his own heritage her ...more
Ellie Abrey
This is an excellent book to encourage counting from an early age. The text is intertwined with Spanish, allowing children to develop their vocabulary as they read this book. This is also helped by the glossary contained at the book of the book, which states the English translation for all the Spanish words in the text.
Bright, whimsical illustrations invite imagination. Rhyming verses are primarily in English with key words in Spanish.

Storytime themes: counting, Latinx culture, Spanish
A beautiful intertwining of English and Spanish in this colourful counting book full of rhythm, with a handy glossary and pronunciation chart at the back. Thoroughly recommended!
Nicole Smith
Jun 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated educational counting book.

Great for a bilingual child, as most of the counted object words are in Spanish. There is at least one Spanish vocabulary word per page.

There is also a glossary in the back for every Spanish word in the book which is a really nice touch.

“Two are maracas we shake to the beat.
Two are zapatos on my feet.”

Maracas: “rattles made from dried gourds attached to a wooden handle and filled with seeds or dried beans. Maracas are shaken in pairs a
Mary Lee
Includes glossary.
Chance Lee
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-it
Fun counting book with lots of Spanish words and a glossary in the back to help with pronunciation and definitions.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Rhyming English text is enhanced by Spanish vocabulary in the counting book, One is a Pinata: a Book of Numbers by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. A glossary at the back gives definitions for unfamiliar words. Illustrations of everyday life in a pallate of blues, reds, browns and yellows by John Parra complement the text. For ages 3 - 7.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A rhyming book of how to count from the number one to ten. This book uses both Spanish and English in the vocabulary of this book. It also has a glossary of the Spanish words used throughout the book.
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It flows so nicely and has fun, colorful illustrations. There are Spanish words peppered throughout the book, in bold-faced type, with a glossary in the back with pronunciations and definitions/translations. great read-aloud with 4-7 y/o.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Another concept book to add to any early childhood-primary library!

A detailed review can be found on the following blog:
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun counting book in English and Spanish with a glossary at the back. This vibrantly illustrated picture book is the third in a series that includes Green Is a Chile Pepper and Round as a Tortilla.
Learn to count to 10 in English and Spanish. There are also other Spanish words throughout and a glossary at the end to help with unfamiliar terms.
Kristina Jean Lareau
4.5 stars
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rhyme interspersed with Spanish.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is such a good example of how numbers can be learnt in a different way as apposed to being taught how to count in a classroom. The addition of an extra language makes it even more exciting. Just because it's not all in English, doesn't mean that people who only speak English can't access the text. The Spanish words are incorporated throughout the book and even if you don't know what they mean, the pictures can be used to help. "Four are bolillos just waiting to dip" - you may not know ...more
Just as has been the case for this author's previous books, the text weave in English and Spanish in lively and engaging fashion. Readers follow the rhyming text as four lines celebrate various numbers, from one to ten. Created in paint, the illustrations complement the text quite well as they feature various characters embracing life in stylish fashion until they're all gathered together on the last pages. There's even a glossary in the back of the book that gives a pronunciation key for the Sp ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
One is a Pinata is an animated picture book and winner of Pura Bulpre award for illustration. It contains memorizing, lively and whimsical imagery of Latino/a characters as they count from numbers 1-10. People are portrayed in a very authentic and realistic themes with Spanish motifs such as paintings of Spanish dancers; surroundings such as the “Five beach palapas”; and common items such as aguas with umbrellas and “Six kinds of salsa,” and “Four are bolillos just waiting to tip in four cups of ...more
Susan Foster
This is a fun bilingual picture book filled with rhyming and counting. Primarily in English, it is sprinkled with Spanish words throughout and depicts typical activities of Latino children, for both everyday and special occasions. Beginning with one/uno and going all the way to ten/diez, this book is great for counting and learning some Spanish words. A helpful Glossary includes pronunciation guides and useful information about the Spanish words in the story. Colorful illustrations by John Parra ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, math
On each two page spread we find the numeral, the number in English, and the number in Spanish, as well as the text which points out several things to count. The things may be in English (example: marigolds) or Spanish (example: calveras). There's a Spanish glossary in the back, but it's probably not needed.

Speaks the way bilingual people frequently do -- slipping in a word from the other language where it seems appropriate.

Goes from 1 to 10.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
If you have a counting book or a bilingual Spanish book need, this is a nice book. I was most happy to find the glossary at the end as I discovered that my guesses for the objects mentioned in the text were not perfect. What a great learning opportunity for me! Illustrations by John Parra are festive and fun.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lis622, childrens
This counting book counts up from one to ten, in both Spanish and English. The rhyming that goes with the counting is mostly in English, but occasionally words are in Spanish. The images are helpful context clues, but there is also a glossary in the back for definitive answers. Spanish culture is highlighted in the content and is done so very well.
Stephanie Bange
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The third concept book by this duo.

Numbers one = uno to ten = diez, young readers will learn about Latinx culture in these quatrains and count to ten. Greenfield Thong's poems are just right with Parra's lively paintings. Another successful collaboration.

Recommended for grades PreS-grade 1.
FM Family
All the books in these series are good and kind of similar to one another. But this one did counting in a kind of creative way, incorporating it into the narrative. My 3.5 year old is not really into counting books right now, so she wasn't a huge fan, but I read it and enjoyed it. Would recommend for a different and spansih-language/mexican culture infused take on a counting book. ...more
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this book more for the great cultural aspect--it's not really a counting book even though it counts up from one to ten. I love that the text seamlessly incorporates Spanish words (rhyming English to Spanish words too!). ...more
Stefanie Kellum
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
*I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss.
Miss Sarah
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A one to ten counting book about things occuring in prepping for a party featuri ng a spanish theme. Elementary and up
Neat counting book, using Spanish words as an accompaniment to the numbers, and many other words throughout book.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: math
The numbers appear three ways on their corresponding pages: the numeral, the word in English, and the word in Spanish.

Most numbers get one spread; a few get two. There are multiple things to count on a page/in the text for each number.

Most of the bilingual text switched between languages in ways that made sense to me (mostly just using some nouns in Spanish). There's one part at the end that felt off to me, though (with the infinitive of a verb in Spanish); technically the grammar works in both
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