I am so excited that Lee & Low is now publishing Lulu Delacre’s Spanish early reader books Rafi y Rosi and Rafi y Rosi ¡Carnaval! It is not easy to find culturally-rich Spanish early reader books in the United States, and these are wonderful!
These Spanish early reader books feature two Puerto Rican tree frogs, Rafi and his sister, Rosi. Together they explore their surroundings and learn about the traditions, plants, animals, and environment of the island. The books are also available in English. The English editions integrate a few Spanish words related to the setting and culture and include a glossary of the words.
Kids will love the characters of Rafi and Rosi and their adventures. They will also learn fun, useful information about Puerto Rico from these Spanish early reader books. For example, in Rafi y Rosi they read about mangroves, how hermit crabs change their shells and the amazing Parguera Bioluminescent Bay. In Rafi y Rosi ¡Carnaval! readers are introduced to the festive traditions of Carnival. To build on the text, there is additional information about these features at the end of the stories.
Reading Comprehension – Spanish Early Reader Books
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Rafi y Rosi and Rafi y Rosi ¡Carnaval! are wonderful Spanish early reader books and a valuable resource for teachers and parents. These books are perfect for strengthening reading skills in Spanish. If you are a teacher or working with children who are learning to read in Spanish at home, you can ask questions and do activities to help them read more closely and understand the text. Download reading comprehension activities for Rafi y Rosi below.
Be sure to check out our Spanish summer reading program. We will have free activities and tips for parents and teachers to keep kids reading all summer long.
Talking about the stories is a good way to help children think about what they read. You can ask questions like:
- ¿Quiénes son los personajes?
- ¿Dónde toma lugar el cuento?
- ¿Qué pasa al principio del cuento?
- ¿Qué pasa al final?
- ¿Cuál es tu parte favorita del libro?
- Si pudieras hacerle una pregunta al personaje principal, ¿qué le preguntarías?
There are also many kinds of written reading comprehension activities. I am including examples of a few basic activities that you can make for books at this level. The activities are for Rafi y Rosi and give children practice understanding the elements of character, setting and plot.
Download Rafi y Rosi – Comprensión de Lectura
Do you have favorite Spanish early reader books? Please share titles you like in the comments!
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