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- TITLE: Un Elefante
- WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED BY: Patty Rodriguez + Ariana Stein
- PAGES: 20
- ISBN: 9780986109942
- Available on Amazon, here.
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Un Elefante is a book that has an adorable look to it. It’s got colorful illustrations that are very eye catching and stimulating for young children. The elephant cartoons are just darling, as well. We love that this book is square because that means it looks so perfect and symmetrical on the shelf (plus, it looks wonderful next to our Baby Lit books). Additionally, the sturdy construction of the pages makes this perfect for little, anxious hands. Addison has yet to inflict any damage to this book – which I sadly cannot say for all the kid’s lit in her collection.
Super Speedy Summary
While this book does not provide any major values to your bookshelf, it is perfect for teaching your child how to count and practicing Spanish. This book is a basic counting book with each page showcasing a different number. Additionally, the number is followed by the number of elephants in English and in Spanish (ie: dos elefantes, two elephants).
The thing I felt extremely fascinating about this book is that it ties back to latin culture in subtle ways. The book is derived from the classic children’s nursery rhyme, Un Elefante se Balanceaba, which is about an elephant who balances on a spider’s web. This is the full rhyme (in English and Spanish)
Spanish – Un Elefante se Balanceaba
Un elefante se balanceaba
sobre la tela de una araña,
como veía que resistía
fue a llamar a otro elefante.
Dos elefantes se balanceaban,
sobre la tela de una araña,
como veían que resistía
fueron a llamar a otro elefante.
English – A Balancing Elephant
An elephant stood on the web of a spider,
She felt it was strong, it couldn’t be tighter.
Along came her friend, she called to invite her.
Two elephants stood on the web of a spider.
Two elephants stood on the web of a spider,
They felt it was strong, it couldn’t be tighter.
Along came their friend, they called to invite her.
Three elephants stood on the web of a spider.
The details of the nursery rhyme are seamlessly integrated into the illustrations as well as the focus of the book. The rhyme is about counting elephants who are balancing on a spider’s web, and while that is what is happening on the cover…it’s interesting the spin they took by making it into a “circus act” (which definitely excites the kids even more).
I was thrilled when I found out about Lil’ Libros. They are perfect for Addison as she is half Mexican. As much as we can, we want to include her culture (and teach her Spanish as well). Un Elefante, along with many of the other books by Lil’ Libros help us do just that, in a way we love – through literature!
is this book a fit for your intentional bookshelf?
If a focus for your family’s Intentional Bookshelf™ includes one of the following topics, you need to run out right this minute and buy Un Elefante (or click the link below):
Spanish language – other culture’s traditions – counting
If the book fits…
So much fun has been happening related to Addison Reads and the business. We are hosting our first local workshop about how to Build your Intentional Bookshelf in Riverside, CA on May 27th! If you’re local, you absolutely need to grab your ticket and attend. If you’re not local (sad face) you should sign up for The List to know when you can grab your Virtual Workshop Package – which is the whole local workshop, but made digital.