Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposities in English and Spanish (A Book Review)

I recently read the book Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish by Cynthia Weill. (By the way, I am not being paid to write a review of this book.) The wood sculptures from Oaxaca by Quirino and Martin Santiago are used in the illustration of the book. Here is my review that I posted on The Picnic Basket:

On a scale of 1 to 5, I would give this book a 5 (strongly recommend). The ages suggested for this book are ages 2-7 which I feel is very appropriate for this book. I could also see it being used for children with mental disabilities. The colors and the pictures are beautiful to look at and would appeal to young students. Under each picture are the words. The English word is on one side of the page and the Spanish word is on the other side. The words are very simple and easy to understand with the pictures to help. This would be a great way to incorporate cultural lessons in the classroom and increase the students’ vocabulary at the same time. I could see students coming back to this book over and over again. The book could be used to teach the words in two languages as well as introducing the concept of opposites. Students could also be encouraged to come up with opposite pairs that are not mentioned in the book. Then they could research to find out the Spanish or English words that mean the same thing.

1 comment:

luckeyfrog said...

This book sounds wonderful. I worked with 5th grade students who were fascinated when I could read the Spanish parts of a book, so I think this could extend even higher than 7 years old (although I haven't read the book myself).

I also think this could help ELL learners to work on some new vocabulary and also learn what "opposites" are.

The artwork looks like so much fun. I can't wait to find this book! Thanks for the review!