Lulu Delacre has added another title to her series of Spanish books for beginning readers. Rafi y Rosi ¡Piratas!, and the English edition Rafi and Rosi Pirates!, are published by Children’s Book Press, an imprint of Lee & Low Books.
Many thanks to author, Lulu Delacre and Lee & Low Books, for providing these books for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Look for this year’s collection of resources in a link-up of reviews and activities coming January 27, 2018, and find all the great MCBD resources with #ReadYourWorld.
The Rafi y Rosi series are wonderful, culturally-rich Spanish books for beginning readers. They feature two Puerto Rican tree frogs, Rafi and his sister, Rosi. Together they explore their surroundings and learn about the history, traditions 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.
Read about Lulu Delacre’s other Spanish books for beginning readers, and find printable reading comprehension activities here: Spanish Early Reader Books: Rafi y Rosi.
High-Interest Spanish Books for Beginning Readers
The Rafi y Rosi Spanish books for beginning readers are full of adventure! In all the books in the series, the author takes full advantage of the rich, almost magical, history and setting of Puerto Rico to create stories that grab and hold children’s attention. These high-interest stories show young people how fun and satisfying reading can be.
In Rafi y Rosi ¡Piratas!, the little frogs explore the old fort, El Castillo del Morro, have imaginary pirate battles, find hidden treasure and even scare themselves in a haunted sentry box. As readers follow the adventures of the charming characters, they develop their skills and vocabulary and learn intriguing information about Puerto Rico’s colorful history. To build on the text, there is additional information about the fort and pirates at the end of the stories.
Spanish Books for Beginning Readers: Comprehension Activities
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The Rafi y Rosi titles are wonderful Spanish early reader books and a valuable resource for teachers and parents. These books are perfect for strengthening reading skills in Spanish. You can find Rafi y Rosi, Rafi y Rosi ¡Canaval! y Rafi y Rosi ¡Piratas! on Amazon.
If you are a teacher or working with children who are learning to read in Spanish at home, ask questions and do activities to help them read more closely and understand the text.
Download reading comprehension activities for Rafi y Rosi ¡Piratas! below, and find printable reading comprehension activities for the other books here: Spanish Early Reader Books: Rafi y Rosi.
Talking about the stories is a good way to help children think about what they read. 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 you can make for Spanish books for beginning readers. I am including a few activities for Rafi y Rosi ¡Piratas! These activities give children practice understanding the elements of character, setting and plot.
Do you have favorite Spanish books for beginning readers? Please share titles you like in the comments!