Thursday, December 23, 2010

Rubia and the Three Osos

Rubia and the Three Osos
written by Susan Middleton Elya; illustrated by Melissa Sweet
(Hyperion Books) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library

The Three Osos are getting ready to eat a plato of la sopa when Mama Oso suggests they go for a walk as "part of her South Woods Plan." While the family of osos is enjoying their stroll, who should come along but Little Miss Rubia who immediately expresses adoration for the bears' casita. If you are familiar with the Three Bears, you know where this story is headed. What you don't know is that Susan Middleton Elya has written a different and sweet ending to this familiar tale which will delight preschool and primary students.

Rubia and the Three Osos is a terrific read aloud for introducing students to words in Spanish. I can see students easily transferring the words they learn from this story into their everyday conversation. This book also could be used as part of a unit on fables where you compare different versions of the same story.

Other reviews of Rubia and the Three Osos:
5 Minutes for Books
A Year of Reading

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