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Madame Martine

Madame Martine | Little Lit Book Series

@littlelitbookseries is all about landmarks this month, and @live_read_write is sharing a story about Paris’ most famous landmark.

I'd be remiss not to feature "La Tour" as part of this month's #littlelitbookseries theme of landmarks. (French teacher here 🙋🏼) And, what better day than 14 juillet, Bastille Day, to share a book with the Eiffel Tower.

MADAME MARTINE is a delightfully sweet story about a Parisian woman set in her ways and routine. One rainy Saturday -- the day set for feeding the birds -- a dog, whom she names Max, comes into her life and shakes things up a bit. He leads her on an adventure up the famous landmark and from then on, Saturday is never the same as Madame Martine learns to embrace change. Sarah S. Brannen's dreamlike watercolors whisk the reader straight to the streets of the City of Lights and to just about every angle of the Eiffel Tower, at night and during the day. You see the Tower from a distance and up close and personal through a climb and elevator ride to the top to witness an oh là là view of Paris.

MADAME MARTINE was written and illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen and published by Albert Whitman.



Arroz Con Leche / Rice Pudding

Arroz Con Leche / Rice Pudding | Little Lit Book Series

A delicious title from @live_read_write.  ¡Que aproveche! 

Arroz Con Leche/Rice Pudding is a unique poetry book written by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Fernando Vilela. It's a bilingual "Cooking Poem" featuring beautiful lyrical text in English and Spanish as well as vibrant avocado green and adobe red colored illustrations.

Follow along as a boy and his family prepare, cook, and enjoy a delicious treat. Measure the rice, add cinnamon, milk, and sugar, and enter an interactive and poetic experience in the kitchen. "Milk becomes a waterfall, "flames heating the pot are rainbow hands," "foamy waves and clouds turn the pot into sea and sky" and "cinnamon sticks float like rafts on the pot's sky sea."

The repetition and short lines of the poem make this book an excellent tool to introduce or practice the Spanish language with kids and a great mentor text for students to create their own recipes in any language. Plus, stir in some culture and language to your #poetryteatime!

Other titles in Groundwood Books' Bilingual Cooking Poems series by award-winning children's author Jorge Argueta are GUACAMOLE, SALSA, TAMALITOS and SOPA DE FRIJOLES/BEAN SOUP.  



La Madre Goose

La Madre Goose | Little Lit Book Series

@live_read_write shares La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Los Niños, written by Susan Middleton Elya and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal:

“The itsy arañita
climbed up the water spout.
Down came
la lluvia
and washed la araña out.”

Here's a unique collection of nursery rhymes with a multicultural twist. Author Susan Middleton Elya's clever integration of Spanish vocabulary meets the whimsically nostalgic illustrations of Peruvian artist Juana Martinez-Neal in La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Los Niños. From "Baa, Baa, Black Oveja" and "The Itsy Arañita" to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Small Estrella" and "Three Little Gatitos," readers will recognize the classic tales and characters and sharpen their Spanish language skills.

This is a must for Spanish teachers and learners of all ages to cozy up with!