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The Lizard and the Sun / La Lagartija y el Sol (Picture Yearling Book) (Spanish Edition) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-06 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings
ISBN:0440415314
LANGUAGE:Spanish

" Lovely illustrations and a great story that should be read aloud. " said.

" The artwork was gorgeous, and the side-by-side translation would be great for kids who are or need to be bilingual. Hopefully this is one I can use in storytime at the library. " said.

" A porquoi tale/folk tale that tells why lizards like to bask on the rocks in the sun and how the lizard rescued the sun (it also explains why opossums have no hair on their tails and why vultures have no feathers on their heads). My students and I especially liked the illustrations. " said.

" Great art, and I always love reading legends that I haven't read 2384726 times before. The English translation was a bit dry, I imagine the Spanish was much lovelier.I support independent bookstores. You can use this link to find one near you or order THE LIZARD AND THE SUN on IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/978044... " said.

" To teach:Problem, action, solutionNote to parents:In this folktale, lizard goes looking for the lost sun. He isn't successful on his first try. However, with the help of the emperor and the woodpecker they manage to restore the sun to the sky. A good book for talking about a problem (what the character wants and why they can't get it), actions to solve the problem (that don't always work), and the final solution. Students have fun making connections to their own tricky situations. " said.

" I am the lizard. I am always dreaming about the sunshine and wanting to bask in it's warmth. If the sun were sleeping I would be the first one to wake it up. This book was so gorgeous and I also loved the author's notes how she valued the tenacity of the lizard. I could relate. Maybe I was a lizard in a previous life, but I digress. I also admire the woodpecker and his persistence. Great book children will find facinating both for the story and the wondeful illustrations. Bravo! " said.

"OSU 5225 AU 2013
Topic: Resource List
I love reading folktales from other cultures. This was a very fun story to read. In this Mexican folktale, the sun mysteriously disappears and the tale follows a lizard's journey to finding it. This would be a great story for children of all ages to read and experience literature in a way that they are unfamiliar with. I loved the illustrations and thought they blended very well with the story. The amount of detail and technique used to captivate the ancient culture was done beautifully. My favorite part about this book was that it was written in both English and Spanish. I think this would be a great resource to use in a classroom with Spanish-speaking students that are learning to speak English.
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"Third grade (maybe second?). This is a really great story about how the sun decided to sleep for days and the lizard and other animals searched for it. It is a legend about why the ancient indigenous people of Mexico would have huge colorful and loud celebrations every year and also why lizards sunbathe. In this day and age there are many Hispanic American children who know little to nothing about their ancient heritage. Legends of the Latin indigenous people are not told here in this country and I find it is very important to pass these stories on to these new generations. Stories like this one allow glimpses into the ancient cultures that help shape what Latin American cultures are like today. " said.

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