Un Elefante

Hello! We are trying a new style of Book Review – a video review. I’ll still be sharing a written copy of the review, just a little more abridged. Enjoy, and if you absolutely abhor this style of sharing book reviews, let me know!

The Facts

  • TITLE: Un Elefante
  • WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED BY: Patty Rodriguez + Ariana Stein
  • PAGES: 20
  • ISBN: 9780986109942
  • Available on Amazon, here.

Watch the video review

Initial thoughts

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).

Mama’s Musings

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.

Tres elefantes…
Cuatro elefantes…

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.

Three elephants…
Four elephants…

Thank you to Mama Lisa’s World for the translation

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…

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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.

Un Elefante is a bilingual counting book by Lil Libros that integrates the latin nursery rhyme, Un Elefante se Balanceaba.


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5 comments / Add your comment below

  1. That is stunning review – lucky author and publisher. I hope you send them your review.

    My son is going to start Spanish at school next year so I am beginning to wonder whether I should be looking into things like this.

    Regardless of the language the book itself looks great – the colours, the illustrations. And is it wrong that I like square books 🙂

    A really stunning review!!

  2. I love this! We’re a Latin family but I really suck at Spanish…My husband says I suck less than I claim to but anyway…I really want my daughters to be bilingual. Growing up as an English speaking only Latina was kind of weird for me and I don’t want my kids to have that same experience so I’m trying. For some reason colors have been the one that my 3 year old has really gotten stuck on. She loves pointing out when things are “azul.” Numbers are good too, and I love that the book is from a Spanish rhyme.
    I didn’t watch the video! I usually catch up on blogs when everyone is in bed. And I hate headphones. Just my weird and highly particular 2 cents haha

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