Delia Berlin writes dual language books for children. Her new Spanish story, Welcome the Weirds/ Bienvenidas las Raras has just been released and is now available for purchase on Amazon. There is English and Spanish text on each page, but I’ll focus on using the Spanish story with language learners.
Welcome the Weirds/Bienvenidas las Raras is the story of two sisters who do things their own way, based on their own logic. They are happy, fun-loving people who are kind to each other and enjoy each other’s company.
This book is a good choice for children learning Spanish who have acquired a foundation of basic vocabulary and structures. The Spanish story works well as a read aloud and is also appropriate for children who are reading independently.
Welcome the Weirds/Bienvenidas las Raras describes how the sisters approach their daily routines. Because of that content and the setting, the Spanish story has vocabulary that is familiar to Spanish learners. There are many words related to houses such as casa, vecinos, ventana, basura, timbre, puerta, pintura and huerta. There is also weather vocabulary such as frío, días lluviosos, tormenta, and días soleados.
Children will be intrigued by the not-so-logical logic that las Raras use to make everyday decisions. Their silly choices provide an excellent springboard for talking about how everyone has different ways of doing things and, equally important, different ways of thinking.
You can find Welcome the Weirds/Bienvenidas las Raras on Amazon.
Disclosure: The author sent me a PDF copy of the book to be able to write the article. I may have been compensated for my time. All of the ideas and opinions are my own.