Dos Borreguitas Blog

When a Flor isn't just a Flor (it's a Rosa, Tulipan, Jacinto, Peonia) January 25 2012

  I literally went on a binge for baby books in Spanish last year when we visited Madrid, Spain. One of my picks was not quite a baby book, but given that my Spanglish is probably better than my Spanish, I figured it would come in handy as my daughter grew up -- for both me and her. It's the Album Larousse de la Naturaleza and it's a nature book...

The Bookshelf: Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia December 19 2011

The themes in the stories we read are children are often universal, so even if it's about a little bunny wanting to run away from his doting mother, we can still see a little bit of ourselves in the characters. But once in a while you'll come across a book that is more than just something we can connect with. It's a direct reflection of your life, or your family's...

The Bookshelf: El Dia de los Muertos October 25 2011

Earlier this month I picked up a few children's books about Dia de los Muertos from the library. This one, El Dia de los Muertos by Ivar da Col, is in Spanish, and I love the illustrations. It breathes life into everything about Day of the Dead: papel picados, calaveras, pan dulce, cempasuchil, fruta, altares, cemeterios and more than anything else, celebration.

The Bookshelf: El Alfabeto Cubano March 20 2011

I picked up this Spanish children's book at the Libreria Universal in Miami during a trip to visit the family a few weeks ago. It's a terrific book that tells el alfabeto via cubanismos. Here's how it begins: A Cristina y a Alejandro les gusta mucho ir a casa de sus abuelos. A su abuelo los ninos le dicen Abu y a la abuela Aba. Con los abuelos juegan y...

The Bookshelf: Spanish Books from the Biblioteca! January 04 2011

I'm a big fan of the public library, always have been, but especially when I was a busted-broke single woman getting paid in peanuts, trying to pay back school debt. Actually, I'm still paying off those never-ending school loans, what am I talking about?? But I've become a lazy public library user since moving to DC two-and-a-half years ago. But a brand-spanking, beautiful new library just opened its doors down...

The Bookshelf: Spanish Board Books We're Reading (17 months) December 15 2010

Our nightly reading to the toddler usually begins with Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?. No offense to Brown Bear, he's wonderful and all, but I really do want to try to do as much reading as I can to the toddler in Spanish. So after revving up in English, everything else I read is in Spanish. Problem is, it's slim pickings for Spanish books here in the U.S....

Latin-American Folk Songs Book--Not What You Expect to Find at Airport Gum Shop September 01 2010

I was really, really tired and bleary-eyed when I trudged into DFW yesterday night on my way back to DC, but amazingly there was zero line at the American counter and just one person ahead of me at security. I felt like I was going through Tallahassee, or Laredo, or Baton Rouge's airports -- which have short lines, but not a single Starbucks, gasp! Thank the coffee gods, there are...

The Hunt for Spanish-language Bookstores August 11 2010

On an outing one day without me, my husband E and baby K ran across what he describes as an amazing Spanish-language bookstore. And to my amazement, he found it here in DC, on New York Ave. in downtown and not online. I searched online for it--because of course he did not remember the name of the store. It's called Portico, and it's actually a partnership between the Inter-American Development...
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