Lejos / Far

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Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media
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Charming, fun, bilingual lesson on what "far" means.

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Educational Value

Provides an easy way to read, learn. and understand spatial awareness, as well as learn and practice a second language.

Positive Messages

Implied message that it's fun to speak and/or leard tow languages, and to share special moments with your dad.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Brown-skinnned, round-faced, curious little boy loves to explore new places with dad.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lejos / Far, by award-winning author Juan Felipe Herrera is a bilingual concept book that teaches spatial awareness. Small yet charming, like it's companion book, Cerca / Close, this dual-language board book in English and Spanish engages young children with its simplicity. Kids learn what it means when an object is far. It's an ideal book for parents to read to toddlers, an easy read that young readers will enjoy reading independently, too.

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What's the story?

LEJOS / FAR follows a little boy as he explores the world around him, starting with the wide-open landscape right outside his home -- "El árbol de limones está lejos de mi casa." He moves on to "My house is far from the city" and ventures off with his dad to explore the world outside his fenced-in yard. He visits the city and travels to the ocean and mountains. Along the way he makes observations of what is far -- "The ocean is far from the mountains." This engaging little book ends with the introduction of a new concept -- over -- when the little boy says, "The sun shines over me." 

 

Worth noting that this little book seems to pick up where the previous book in this series, Cerca / Close, left off. That book ended when the main character, a little girl, went over to her friend's house that was close by. On the first page of this book, we see the little girl sitting under a lemon tree with her friend, the boy, now the main character in this book. Juan Felipe Herrera teaches children about spatial awareness with these two bilingual board books, introducing the concepts of close and far. A lovely set of books for preschoolers -- easy to read and a fun way to introduce a second language!

Is it any good?

This is a simple, engaging word book to read and a great concept book for young children. Written in short verse, Lejor / Far presents each example as a statement, first in Spanish, then followed by the italicized English translation on the next line. Colorful and happy, full-page illustrations by Blanca Gómez feature cool blues and greens, accented with yellows and reds, while ample white skies to provide a visual balance. Many young readers may identify with the round-faced, brown-skinned, little boy and the relationship he has with his dad -- traveling on dad's shoulders as they explore new places together. It's a great little concept book for exploring spatial awareness and learning a new language with young children.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what is far in the book Lejos / Far. What's far from the ocean? What are the mountains far from?

  • What are some things that are far from you? Take a walk around your home/neighborhood/city, etc., and identify objects and places that are far from each other.

  • What is the opposite of far? Can you identify something that's not far from or close to you?

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