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¡VAMOS! Let's Go to the Market!

Book review by
Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media
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Jam-packed, comics-like tale has tons of Spanish vocabulary.

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Educational Value

Gives kids a glimpse into Latinx culture, traditions, and celebrations. Teaches many different Spanish words and phrases and includes a 98-word glossary with English translation at the end.

Positive Messages

A day at the market can be loads of fun. There's so much to see and many friends to meet.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This book offers a positive view of Latinx culture and traditions.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ¡VAMOS! Let's Go to the Market!, by author-illustrator Raúl the Third (Lowriders in Space), is a beautifully illustrated picture book that has an old comic book feel. Little Lobo (a wolf) and his dog, Bernabé, navigate a busy border town market and immerse the reader in Latinx culture. Each page contains a wealth of details and pictures, plus tons of simple Spanish words and phrases.

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What's the story?

¡VAMOS! LET'S GO TO MARKET! is a busy book about a market. It's a jam-packed, comic-like storybook with tons of Spanish vocabulary on each page. Illustrations are filled with items and places for the reader to explore. Follow Little Lobo and his dog Bernabe as they deliver supplies to a variety of vendors, sellings everything from sweets to sombreros, portraits to piñatas, carved masks to comic books. On each page you'll find Spanish names labeling various things around the market. And when Little Lobo speaks in Spanish, you'll find a translation at the bottom of the page. At the end of the book, the helpful glossary translates 98 of the Spanish words included in this book.

Is it any good?

The engaging comics art and fun-to-read story will have kids reading through speech bubbles and paying attention to details and labeled illustrations. Author Raúl the Third, a Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator, beautifully draws young readers into a busy world and exposes them to Spanish vocabulary seamlessly. The featured objects in ¡VAMOS! Let's Go to the Market! -- food carts, dulcerias, títeres, piñatas, juguetes, lucha libre -- are Latinx in origin but have universal appeal, making this a great book for families to read together. There's so much to talk about! There may even be new illustrations and details to discover on repeated readings, so kids will want to read this book over and over.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the world around them, just like the main characters in ¡VAMOS! Let's Go to the Market!, and use Spanish words to label the things you see. What do you see at school? At the supermarket? At the park? How do we name it in Spanish?

  • Read through the glossary together at the back of the book and use the included words to talk about some of the things you see in your everyday life. How do you say it English? How do you say it in Spanish?

  • Latinx culture is illustrated in this book about a border town market. What culture does your family identify with? Have you ever been shopping in a market?

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For kids who love picture books and bilingual stories

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