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Text in Spanish and English. Shares details about piñatas and how birthdays are celebrated in Mexico.
I like to celebrate you! Story conveys that birthdays -- and piñatas -- are fun.
Positive Role Models
Child is happy to celebrate sister's birthday.
A Mexican family celebrates a child's birthday with friends. Children have different hair styles and textures. Skin colors vary but lean light. Kids' clothing is not gender stereotypical.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Erika Said's El cumpleaños de mi hermana Dulce/ My Sister Dulce's Birthday is a bilingual book that shows the preparations and celebration of a Mexican girl's birthday. The Spanish words rhyme and the English translation does not. There's a heavy focus on the candy that goes in the piñata, and your kid may be begging for some after the book is done.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet-filled bilingual picture book celebrating a birthday is just as sweet to read. The child telling the story is happy to celebrate their sister every step of the way. The illustrations are colorful and cheerful, although one illustration has six candles when the text calls for seven. Erika Said's rhyming text in Spanish is cheerful and flows naturally, the English translation is well done.
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