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Bebe Goes Shopping

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Fun supermarket outing tale told in bilingual verse.

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In any language, a mother and child's trip to the supermarket is usually an adventure, and this one is no exception. When Bebe gets restless, Mama has to come up with inventive ways to manage him and still get the shopping done. Bebe Goes Shopping is light, the rhymes are loose and playful, Spanish words are intermixed with English, and the illustrations are vibrant and colorful. All in all, it's a simple but engaging book.

Though the story has been told before and the rhymes are sometimes questionable, Bebe Goes Shopping will make the reader smile, thanks to the energetic illustrations. In gouache, watercolor, colored ink, and pencil, Steven Salerno masterfully creates the whirlwind world of shopping in the supermercado. Mama's swinging ponytail; the curving lines of bending, reaching figures; falling, floating apples; balloons; crackers; and boxes and jars make the pages jump with sound and energy. Nothing is calm or fixed here, yet Mama keeps her cool. When the shopping is done, Mama is still smiling as she sighs, "Termine!" And, amazingly, Bebe's day also has been "fantastico."

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