Squawk of Spanish

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Pub Date Aug 13 2024 | Archive Date Aug 13 2024

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Max finds his Spanish-speaking voice with the help of his abuela's pet, Lorito, a talkative parrot, in this sweet and heartwarming picture book.

Max isn't confident with his Spanish, especially rolling his Rs, and his cousins always tease him about it. But he loves spending weekends baking with his Spanish-speaking abuela, while Lorito the parrot helps translate.

But when Lorito disappears for a day, Max and Abuela must figure out how to communicate. Max's Spanish doesn’t have to be perfect, and Abuela can attempt a little English. Trying is what counts!
Max finds his Spanish-speaking voice with the help of his abuela's pet, Lorito, a talkative parrot, in this sweet and heartwarming picture book.

Max isn't confident with his Spanish, especially...

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A big thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of Squawk of Spanish by Gabriella Aldeman. In this charming and beautifully illustrated story, Max is embarrassed to speak Spanish because he can't roll his rrrrrr's. His cousins tease him but with some encouragement from his abuela and her funny parrot, Max is able to communicate with his grandma over their shared love of cooking together. The delicious recipes at the end of the book are an added bonus!

As a teacher in a predominantly Spanish-speaking elementary school, this is a delightful book that I cannot wait to add to my classroom library.

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I am a retired preschool teacher so I have read many children's books. I love when a book teaches children about a different culture, religion or language. This one does such a great job teaching a few Spanish words and also teaching that it's OK to try, even if it's not perfect. Most fun part of this book is the glossary at the end and the recipe for. rice pudding - Arroz con leche! Loved this book so much!

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This is a great story about taking the time to learn to communicate with someone close to you who speaks a different language. I like the theme of not giving up also and too keep trying.

Thanks NetGalley for this ARC.

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Such a cute book! Max feels uncomfortable speaking Spanish in front of his family because he can't roll his Rs. It's a great lesson in learning to be more comfortable with yourself, and Max is able to do what he needs to do for those he loves. In the end, Max accomplishes more than he could have imagined. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this.

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What a delightful book. It made me ashamed as I struggle to learn languages but the children, even the smallest, could quote me quite a few Spanish phrases. The youngest I think knew these words from the children's disco songs on holiday. The illustrations are wonderful and add much to the story. Heartwarming tale.

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I love a good bilingual picture book and especially a when it’s a good story.

Every Sunday Max cooks with his Abuela and their parrot helps translate the recipe. Max doesn’t like to speak Spanish because he can’t roll his Rs and he doesn’t like to be made fun of.

Abuela encourages him and the parrot Lorito does too but Max is still nervous. Abuela even speaks some English to show him she will, even though her English isn’t perfect.

One day Lorito is no where to be found and Max almost gives up cooking with Abuela. He tries and keeps trying, even without perfect Rs! Trying is what counts and Max has the support of those around him so he doesn’t give up!

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What a sweet book. I'm an ELL teacher and I can tell that this will be a huge hit in my classroom, particularly with students with Spanish-speaking backgrounds. In this story, Max cannot roll his rrr's and is too embarrassed to even try, but eventually he succeeds! The illustrations are beautiful and sweet, the story itself is simple and easy to follow. This has such a lovely message and promotes growth mindset. :) A great addition to any classroom!

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