In Winter…/En Invierno… (Susana Madinabeitia Manso)

Hello, friends! Our book today is In Winter…/En Invierno…, written by Susana Madinabeitia Manso and featuring photo illustrations by Emily Hanako Momohara, the conclusion of Seasons, a series of bilingual board books celebrating the each season of the year.

Featuring photography of a little boy experiencing the joys of winter, the text presents excitement about a different winter activity in both Spanish and English, then asking a related question of the reader in the same fashion. For example, the photo shows the child constructing a snowman, accompanied by the text “In winter… I am going to build a snowman!/En invierno… ¡Voy a hacer un muñeco de nieve!”. After sharing and conversing about favorite winter things, the text inquires what the reader looks forward to in winter.

Lovely! Despite this being the last in the series, this is the first of the Seasons book we’ve gotten a chance to look at, and it’s absolutely charming. The brightly-composed photographs and their endearing child star are engaging, and the exploration of the seasonal offerings of winter – plus bilingual text that encourages learning for readers of all skill levels in both languages – offers a wealth of educational and creative-thinking opportunities. I did see a note in another review that the critic noticed a Spanish-language grammatical error; I wouldn’t know as I am not fluent, but it is perhaps worth mentioning. But for my money, this was a thoroughly enjoyable book that JJ and I had fun sharing, and makes me want to check out the rest of the series. Good length for storytime, informational and entertaining, and JJ and I loved it! Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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