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Días y días / Days and Days

Book review by
Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media
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Engaging art and spare text teach about seasons.

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Educational Value

Introduces basic seasonal concepts, bilingual vocabulary. Great way to promote early bilingual literacy.

Positive Messages

Every season offers something different -- it's fun to play in the snow, go apple picking, have a picnic when it's warm, watch flowers grow. Then do it all over again in the new year!

Positive Role Models & Representations

Joyful kids play and enjoy the four seasons in a variety of ways.

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What parents need to know

Días y días / Days and Days, by Ginger Foglesong Guy, explores the four seasons in Spanish and English. Brightly illustrated by René King Moren, this bilingual picture book introduces kids to basic seasonal concepts and vocabulary. Most pages just list vocabulary words for each season without any narrative binding these words together. Still, the soft-edged pastel illustrations nicely counterbalance the minimal bilingual text and fill each page with details that capture the essence of the four seasons. It's a fun and simple early bilingual picture book, great for toddlers and young kids learning a new language.

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What's the story?

DÍAS Y DÍAS / DAYS AND DAYS introduces readers to basic concepts connected to the four seasons -- descriptive adjectives in both languages, weather words, and the names of items in a child's seasonal wardrobe are also included. Days and days and days go by, adding up to 12 months and four seasons. Family, friends, and animals play in the sun, rain, wind and snow. Then, a new year starts again.

Is it any good?

Engaging artwork explores the beauty of each season, amplifies the text, and offers many details for kids to pore over as they think about each season. Author Ginger Foglesong Guy easily promotes early literacy in two languages though related vocabulary and easy-to-follow text -- great for family storytime. The illustrations in Días y días / Days and Days are mostly on double-page spreads that highlight key events in each season and the big changes that happen throughout the year. The book provides a great conversation starter for little kids just beginning to learn about the world around them. An illustrated glossary at the back of the book presents more bilingual words used to name the clothing we wear during the four seasons.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the four seasons shown in Días y días / Days and Days. What are some of your favorite things to do during winter, spring, summer, and fall?

  • What clothes do you wear during winter? How are they different from the ones in summer? Can you name these items in English and Spanish?

  • What is your favorite season? Why?

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