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All content is in English and Spanish. Some Spanish words introduced in the English pages and later defined in the glossary. Teaches the history of Monsoon Day, also know as San Juan Day. Includes many storm preparation and safety tips, both general and desert-specific. Shows how different desert animals stay safe in the storm. Models respect for wild animals. The Discussion Material and Glossary by Robin Kropp and Brenda King include information about monsoons and storms, including how to stay safe. The glossary also defines many desert plants and animals, each with an illustration.
Share cultural stories to keep them alive. Storms are both wonderful and terrible, respect them. Wild animals need to live in their own homes. Celebrate water.
Positive Role Models
The grandfather share and honors the stories and traditions of his heritage. The adults teach and model respect for the ecosystem. Everyone practices safety during the storm and around flowing water.
A light-skinned family with Mexican and Spanish heritage passes down traditions across three generations.
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Violence & Scariness
Intense storm breaks a tree branch and shuts down the power.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hip, Hip, Hooray, It's Monsoon Day!/Ajúa, Ya Llegó El Chubasco!, by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford, teaches storm safety, along with the importance of passing down traditions. The kids are curious about their environment, and the animals that live there, and learn about both. All content is bilingual, and both the English and Spanish versions are well written.
Is It Any Good?
At once celebratory and educational, this Rivera-Ashford's bilingual book honors both a Mexican and Spanish heritage as the Arizona-Sonoran Desert welcomes the beginning of monsoon season. All are grateful for the water the storm will bring, and grandparents pass on their traditions and stories to their grandchildren. Kids will love to hear the storm's sounds and see the different desert animals, while parents will appreciate the storm and desert safety tips. Both the English and Spanish are well written, and all content, including the glossary, is written both languages.
Richard Johnsen's watercolor, ink, and colored pencil illustrations convey wonder and emotion through the beauty of the desert and the summer storm. He also honors the family's multicultural heritage in his depictions.
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