¿Qué te gusta? teaches children the common Spanish verb gustar through repetition and lovely illustrations which make the meaning of the text clear. Repetition is important in teaching Spanish to children. They need to be exposed to vocabulary and grammatical structures over and over again to truly learn them. Picture books with patterns present the same structures with different illustrations and associations, and can help children internalize the meaning and structure of Spanish phrases.
¿Qué te gusta? is the translation of What do you like? by Michael Grejniec. The story consists of a little girl saying that she likes something, and her brother saying that he likes that too – although the illustrations make it clear that they are referring to different things.
This language pattern is repeated throughout the book:
Me gusta jugar. A mí también me gusta jugar. (I like to play. I like to play too.)
Me gusta mi gato. A mí también me gusta mi gato. (I like my cat. I like my cat too.)
Like all Michael Grejniec’s books, ¿Qué te gusta? has beautiful illustrations. The colors are inviting and the texture gives the illustrations a depth that makes the book a joy to read again and again. In addition, there is a dimension of imagination that engages children and adults. The book is bilingual, with the Spanish and English on each page. However, the illustrations are so captivating, and support the text so well, that children and parents will find themselves completely engaged in the Spanish language.