Reviews: Celina Penovi’s bi-lingual picture books

Posted on February 22, 2010

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Guess it if you can! Volume I: School Time!- ¿Adivinarás quizás? Volumen I: Hora de ir a la escuela!
By Celina Penovi
Illustrated by Darío Salvi
AuthorHouse
October 2009
24 pages

Guess it if you can! is an activity book that includes eight riddles in verse about things related to school. The colorful cartoon drawings also provide hints. Written in English and Spanish, this versatile book introduces Spanish to English speakers and vice versa. The last three pages contain a crossword puzzle and word find in English and Spanish, and a coloring page. Celina Penovi uses the familiar arena of school to engage children in word play. The answers to the riddles were scrambled making it more difficult to learn key vocabulary words. An English/Spanish keywords glossary would enhance the educational value of this book. However, the riddles and activities are fun for kids and challenging enough for adults seeking to learn English or Spanish. ¿Adivinarás quizás? is an effective language learning tool for all ages.

Scrambled Breakfast – Alboroto a la hora del desayuno
By Celina Penovi
Illustrated by Darío Salvi
AuthorHouse
October 2009
20 pages

Scrambled Breakfast is the story told in verse of a breakfast table run amuck. Written in English and Spanish, this versatile book introduces Spanish to English speakers and vice versa. Celina Penovi uses humorous fantasy to teach everyday vocabulary in an ordinary setting. Darío Salvi’s comical illustrations reinforce the author’s repetition of common words. An English/Spanish keyword glossary would enhance its educational value. Reading aloud from Alboroto a la hora del desayuno can turn a tedious vocabulary lesson into amusing entertainment, which makes learning a new language easier for all ages.

The Clumsy Stork – La Cigüeña Despistada
By Celina Penovi
Illustrated by Lucas Penovi Orjales
AuthorHouse
November 2009
32 pages

The Clumsy Stork is a story told in verse about an absent-minded stork that needs a little help to make his deliveries. Written in English and Spanish, this versatile book introduces Spanish to English speakers and vice versa. Celina Penovi has created an amiable character to familiarize readers with nouns about people, places, and time. Lucas Penovi Orjales’ delightful illustrations embellish the story and complement the vocabulary lesson. An English/Spanish keywords glossary would enhance its educational value. Reading La Cigüeña Despistada is an excellent way to broaden English/Spanish vocabulary and begin to understand usage.

Copyright (c) 2010 by Peggy Tibbetts

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