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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 don’t speak each other’s 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, Guanaju 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 don’t speak each other’s 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. . more

This book highlights a situation that many children have in their families – a grandparent with a different primary language. The boy’s mother encourages him to spend time with his grandmother in spite of a language barrier.

During his time with abuelita, the boy learns more Spanish and teaches her more English. They bond at the fair and with the game Loteria. Loteria is much like Bingo. It would be fun to read this and then play Loteria together.

This is a sweet story with much to offer readers a This book highlights a situation that many children have in their families – a grandparent with a different primary language. The boy’s mother encourages him to spend time with his grandmother in spite of a language barrier.

During his time with abuelita, the boy learns more Spanish and teaches her more English. They bond at the fair and with the game Loteria. Loteria is much like Bingo. It would be fun to read this and then play Loteria together.

This is a sweet story with much to offer readers about relationships, language, and bravely trying new things. . more

El Juego de la Loteria is a bilingual book appropriate for more experienced readers (probably around third or fourth grade). The literary content is somewhat thick for a children’s book, but is overall an easy read with accessible, commonly used vocabulary. The illustrations are gorgeous and expressive, and were clearly painted with great care. This book is fiction, but based on real cultural practices.

The story is brief. It follows a young Latino boy who grew up in America and has lost touch wi El Juego de la Loteria is a bilingual book appropriate for more experienced readers (probably around third or fourth grade). The literary content is somewhat thick for a children’s book, but is overall an easy read with accessible, commonly used vocabulary. The illustrations are gorgeous and expressive, and were clearly painted with great care. This book is fiction, but based on real cultural practices.

The story is brief. It follows a young Latino boy who grew up in America and has lost touch with his family’s cultural roots. He visits his abuela in Mexico for summer vacation, in the city of San Luis de la Paz, during a seasonal fair. His grandmother mostly speaks Spanish, and he is “not used to speaking Spanish” and is instead used to speaking English.

The main character’s difficulty with Spanish is an essential aspect of this story. He wants to learn Spanish (particularly all the phrases on the lottery cards) to better understand his grandmother, so they strike a deal: she’ll teach him all of the Spanish words on the cards, and he’ll teach her English.

Overall, this story is great. It’s easy enough to read for little ones, and the illustrations serve to make life in Mexico really fun and enriching. The fun fair seems like an absolute blast, and the food looks and sounds utterly scrumptious. The dynamic duo in the story are very endearing, and seeing them overcome their language barrier with the power of family is a high-impact message.

It’s fully bilingual. The entire story (and the instructions to play the lottery, in the back of the book) are written in both English and Spanish – and both translations include words from the other language. For developing bilingual learners, it’s a perfect choice for a wholesome story about family and discovering one’s cultural roots. I think it would serve to impart upon young Latinx children the value of family and origin. It would even be appropriate for read-alouds for younger children, albeit they may need an above-average attention span!

The problem of language barriers is not directly discussed, but could easily lead to questions from readers/listeners. The resolution is predictable, but cute. The characters are believable, and the age-appropriate text is supporting by the illustrations. The author is an immigrant from El Salvador; the illustrator is an American, but has clearly taken influence from South/Central American artists.

My main qualm is that I would argue the represented lifestyles are not extremely nuanced. Abuela doesn’t do much besides eat and have fun, and secondary characters are not investigated in length. However, the positive aspects of Mexican culture are examined pretty thoroughly for a children’s book of this targeted age-range. I’d consider this a must-have for bilingual learners and the children of immigrants who may have not been very exposed to their family’s extended cultural values. . more

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