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Marta! Big & Small

By Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Cute bilingual tale of animals, opposites, and clever girl.

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This lively story of animals and opposites is a fun way to learn Spanish vocabulary. Although the text in Marta! Big & Small is minimal, author Jen Arena does a great job introducing Spanish words within the context of the story. Her use of repetition and context clues make the meaning of each new Spanish word very clear. For example, "To a horse, Marta is lenta. Slow, very slow. To a turtle, Marta is rápida. Fast, very fast."

Vibrant artwork by Pura Belpré Honor recipient Angela Dominguez further focuses the reader's attention on making comparisons between Marta and the different animals she encounters. Large, vivid illustrations on a white background offer little or no background distractions and help the readers see the similarities and differences between the main characters in the story.

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