A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Seamless combination of English and Spanish helps with bilingual literacy.
Teamwork and perseverance are key. Friends working together can achieve much more than each on their own.
Positive Role Models
Wrestling teacher emphasizes skills like patience and discipline along with physical strength.
Highlights Latino luchadores. Spanish language is used throughout and is central to the story.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Team Up: El Toro and Friends, by Raúl the Third, is a fun, action-packed graphic novel for young readers that seamlessly blends English and Spanish language on splashy, colorful pages. Teamwork and perseverance are key here, as the friends learn their own wrestling skills to become luchadores, but realize they need to work together to be successful. The wrestling involves capes, special powers, and a whole lot of energy to make this adventure a delight to read alone or aloud. Readers don't need to understand Spanish to be fully immersed in the story; there are contextual clues and lots of direct translation throughout.
Is It Any Good?
Action and teamwork take center stage, and this fun, silly graphic novel finds a way to blend English and Spanish throughout in delightful ways that engage young readers. Team Up: El Toro and Friends is great for early readers, with a simple plot, repeating sight words and lots of context clues in the eye-popping illustrations. The themes of teamwork and perseverance are lovely, reminding readers to work hard on their own skills while also looking for ways to become even better when they work with others.
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