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FLES Summer Spanish Reading List 2012 - Grade 4 - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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May 29

Georgina Lázaro León   El mejor es mi papá   (ISBN 9781575814421)   Puerto Rico’s best-selling author offers us this warm and loving tale about relationships between father and child. In a kingdom far, far away, a time and place has been set to choose the best father of all. In verses, each one of the animals, from a chick to a firefly, from a frog to a penguin, tells why their candidate is the best one. Find out the reasons why everyone’s father is the best in the world.

Alma Flor Ada   ¿Quién nacerá aquí?   (ISBN 9781581051988)   There's a surprise on every page of this book about animals that lay eggs. Rhyming and repeated text make it a fun easy reader.

Alma Flor Ada   Después de la tormenta   (ISBN 9781581051902)   In the aftermath of a storm, a plucky seed survives and teaches readers about how seeds become flowers.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Celebra el Año Nuevo Chino con la Familia Fong    (ISBN 9781598201147)   A Chinese-American family invites their good friends the Sánchez, a Latino family, to celebrate with them the Chinese New Year. Nico, one of the Latino kids takes the reader through the magnificence of the celebration as he takes pictures of everything he finds interesting not without getting in trouble. Contains an informative section about the Chinese New Year.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Celebra el Halloween y el Día de Muertos con Cristina y su conejito azul    (ISBN 9781598201208)   It's Halloween but Cristina is very sad and doesn't feel like putting on a costume and going trick-or-treating because she's lost her toy bunny. During the celebration of the Day of the Dead, her parents teach her about a unique way to deal with the pain for the loss of a loved one. Contains an informative section about Halloween and the Day of the Dead.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Celebra Hanukkah con un cuento de Bubbe   (ISBN 9781598201222)   It’s Hanukkah, and three Jewish kids play with the dreidel and eat Bubbe’s —Grandma in Yiddish— delicious latkes as part of the celebration. They also learn about generosity and show what they have learned in a way that will surely amuse the reader. Includes and informative section about Hanukkah.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Celebra Kwanzaa con Botitas y sus gatitos   (ISBN 9781598201239)   An African-American family gets together to celebrate Kwanzaa, but the celebration is spoiled because their beloved pet cat is missing. As the family sets off on a quest to find the cat, the reader learns about the seven values celebrated in Kwanzaa in a simple and entertaining way. Includes and informative section about the holiday.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Celebra la Navidad y el Día de los Reyes Magos con Pablo y Carlitos   (ISBN 9781598201246)   Carlitos writes a letter to the Three Kings asking for lots of presents. Later, he decides to write a new letter and gives up some of the things in his wish list in exchange for a bigger gift for his older brother, who is teaching him how to ride a bike and lets him use his own big kid’s bike. At the end, everyone wins…! Contains an informative section about Christmas and Three Kings Day.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Celebra un powwow con Sandy Starbright   (ISBN 9781598201154)   It’s Sandy’s birthday and she and her family are getting ready to travel for a powwow. Before leaving the house and along the way, Sandy receives several birthday presents from her relatives. To her surprise, all the presents together make up a beautiful costume for a traditional dance she will perform at the powwow the next day. Includes and informative section about powwows.

Else Holmelund Minarik   La visita de Osito   (ISBN 9789681906238)   Little Bear spends the day being amused by his grandparents’ stories. They tell him stories about a little robin’s life and an elf’s encounter with a curious noise. At the end of the day, Little Bear and Grandpa Bear convince each other that they don’t feel tired.

Ivar Da Coll   ¡No, no fui yo!   (ISBN 9789587043730)   Three very good friends have something embarrassing to hide from each other. The white lies that they must tell to keep their secrets open a door to a world of fantasy and imagination. A fun story told in simple, musical rhymes.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   El nuevo hogar de los siete cabritos   (ISBN 9781581057553)   Moving into a new house and a new neighborhood could be a traumatic experience and also a new adventure. Young readers will accompany Mrs. Goat and her children as they visit the neighborhood architect to review their new home's floor plan, shop for furniture, and eat out in a local restaurant.

Martin Waddell   ¡Cuac, cuac!   (ISBN 9781598200331)   When Mommy Duck lays and egg, Duckling doesn’t know what it is and hence begins asking lots of questions and exploring the “estrange phenomenon.” Illustrated by Jill Barton in the clear colors of a spring day, this warm tale by Hans Christian Andersen Medal winner Martin Waddell will be enjoyed by any family expecting a new arrival.

Yolanda Reyes   Una cama para tres   (ISBN 9789587045406)   Are you scared at night? Do nightmares frighten you? Would you love to sleep in Mom and Dad's bed? Well, you are not alone; this happens to Andrés too. In this story, you will see that fear has no age limit; if you don’t believe that, just ask your dad…

Ivar Da Coll   Carlos   (ISBN 9789587044089)   A special guest, his little brother, has arrived at Carlos's house, and Carlos asks how long he will have to put up with this new guest. His father tells him, "Forever!"

Susana Olaondo   Una luna   (ISBN 9781581056358)   What would happen if the Moon disappeared? We would try every possible way to get it back. As in everyday life, this book shows us that the answers to our problems are sometimes so close we just can’t see them.

Arnold Lobel   Sapo y Sepo son amigos   (ISBN 9788420430430)   Our endearing pair hop along through five stories, looking for lost buttons, greeting the spring, and waiting for mail. Their true affection for each other makes Frog and Toad two of the finest amphibian role models to be found.

Arnold Lobel   Sapo y Sepo, un año entero   (ISBN 9788420430522)   Our wonderful duo return in five easy-to-read celebrations of friendship: one for each season of the year and a bonus episode for Christmas. The contrast between adventurous Frog and his more cautious companion is skillfully delineated in text and pictures.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Celebra el Cinco de Mayo con un jarabe tapatío    (ISBN 9781598201185)   As students prepare to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, they practice a Mexican dance and try their best not to step on the hat. Includes an informative section about Cinco de Mayo.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Celebra el Cuatro de Julio con Campeón, el glotón    (ISBN 9781598201192)   It is the 4th of July, and a family prepares to go for a picnic. Champ, the family dog, who does not want to miss the celebration, secretly hides inside the food basket. When they arrive at the park, Champ has a feast of his own with other dogs that have arrived with other families. In the end, the family is left without food so the families of the other dogs share their meals; and they all end up celebrating together. Contains an informative section on the Fourth of July.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Celebra el Día de Acción de Gracias con Beto y Gaby    (ISBN 9781598201215)   Beto and Gaby anxiously wait for their relatives to arrive for Thanksgiving dinner. One by one, they each call to inform the family that they will not be able to attend because of a great snowstorm. Suddenly, their grandmother appears with a group of elder friends who have nowhere to have dinner, and the celebration becomes really special. Contains an informative section on Thanksgiving Day.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Celebra el Día de San Patricio con Samantha y Lola    (ISBN 9781598201178)   Samantha loves Irish dancing and has learned to dance it very well. Her friend Lola also likes this dance and she especially loves the fancy dress that Samantha wears during her presentations. Little by little, Lola learns the basic steps from her friend, until she is also ready to appear on stage. She makes her first appearance in the show that her school prepares to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Contains an informative section on St. Patrick’s Day.

Rosemary Wells   La estupenda mamá de Roberta   (ISBN 9788420468037)   Proving just how special mothers are, Rosemary Wells describes the lengths one mother goes to in order to help her child. “A well-crafted fantasy with quality illustrations.” (School Library Journal)

Elena Dreser   El secreto del sauce   (ISBN 9789707708020)   Ramón is a country boy with a great sensitivity for trees and animals. Readers will be delighted and amused when they accompany Ramón to solve the mystery of Gilberta, a free-roaming hen that hides her eggs.

María Luisa Silva    El Gorila Razán   (ISBN 9789562391177)   A sensitive toad that loves singing to the Moon every night is expelled from the jungle by the chief gorilla, who finds the toad's singing very annoying. Ironically, in the end it is the chief gorilla himself who sets off to find the toad and ask him to come back.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Teatro del Gato Garabato   (ISBN 9781581056525)   Enter, stage left! Authors Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy have masterfully converted timeless traditional stories such as "The Three Little Goats," "The Little Lamb and the Buzzards, "and "Chicken Little" into entertaining theatrical plays. The vivid illustrations provide ideas for the creation of colorful costumes and masks.

Alma Flor Ada   Atentamente, Ricitos de Oro   (ISBN 9781598205978)   Everyone who's anyone will be at the Three Little Pigs' housewarming party. Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood have already marked it on their calendars. Unfortunately, so have the wolves―those who have caused the Pigs to build their brick house in the first place! In this wonderfully creative book, Alma Flor Ada imagines what it would be like if a few beloved fairy-tale characters were pen pals. Leslie Tryon's intricate and colorful illustrations make the unique epistolary format fun for young readers.

Graciela Beatriz Cabal   Tomasito   (ISBN 9789870401186)   Tomasito is concerned because this is a very important day. His loved ones are waiting for him to show up. He must push and push, and finally he appears. This is a beautiful tale about the miracle of birth.

Georgina Lázaro León   La niña y la estrella   (ISBN 9781575814360)   This tale will help parents and teachers start a conversation about sea creatures and how to distinguish between fantasy and reality. One day the sea creatures are intrigued and restless. At the bottom of the sea, on the sand, there lies a small and very different star that calls the attention of all the other creatures because of its brightness. This is a tender and graceful rhyming story, that tells the secret of the star as it takes you through the world of the sea and the world of fantasies.

Arnold Lobel   Días con Sapo y Sepo   (ISBN 9781560145882)   Frog and Toad, the likable duo, fly kites, clean the house, and tell ghost stories together. And they even learn about the value of being alone. Frog is more perceptive than Toad; his supportive manner with his friend shows that personal differences don’t have to get in the way of friendship.

Arnold Lobel   Sapo y Sepo, inseparables   (ISBN 9789681910259)   Frog and Toad’s friendship has made them inseparable, and in these stories both of them take care of the garden, observe how seeds grow, share tasty pasta, and dream about the fantastic stage on which they are the best actors in the world.

Alma Flor Ada   La jaula dorada   (ISBN 9781581051827)   A little boy's search for the perfect gift for his grandmother teaches him about ingenuity, generosity, and freedom.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Celebra el Día de Martin Luther King Jr.con la clase de la Sra. Park    (ISBN 9781598201130)   The students in Mrs. Park’s class prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘s Day by thinking about the values he taught. Contains an informative section on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Else Holmelund Minarik   Osito   (ISBN 9789681906221)   Little Bear likes to do things and ask questions to Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her. When it is cold and snowy outside, she finds just the right outfit for Little Bear to play in. When he goes to the Moon, she has a hot lunch waiting for him on his return. At night she helps him get to sleep. And, of course, she never forgets his birthday.

Rachel Anderson   Los mejores amigos   (ISBN 9789681910105)   Bea, a girl who suffers from Down’s syndrome, loves her baby sister very much. One day, however, Bea feels excluded and angry when Ana, her sister, returns from school with her best friend. But then Bea makes friends with the boy who has just moved next door.

Susana Olaondo   Julieta, ¿qué plantaste?   (ISBN 9781594377938)   The clever and lazy fox suggests to Julieta, the armadillo, that they work together on his land, which is full of weeds. The fox wants to trick Julieta and take advantage of her, but Julieta uses her intelligence and imagination to outsmart the fox. This adaptation of a folk tale teaches important concepts about farming and crops, and emphasizes the value of work.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   ¡Feliz cumpleaños, Caperucita Roja!   (ISBN 9781581057560)   It's Little Red Riding Hood's birthday and we're all invited to celebrate. But first, we have to prepare for the party: invitations, the shopping list, the food, the party decor, and the gifts. Wait! We can’t forget the cake and the music.

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Teatrín de Don Crispín   (ISBN 9781581056532)   Raise the curtain and the fun begins! Come and portray Jenny Hen outwitting Mr. Wolf, Sebastian Rabbit solving his friend's birthday dilemma, and the residents of the forest preparing for winter in the richly illustrated plays "Jenny Hen," "Serafina's Birthday," and "The Friendly Ant."

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy   Azul y verde   (ISBN 9781581054170)   Beautiful works of art by renowned artists such as Diego Velázquez, Carmen Lomas Garza, Héctor Poleo, Roberto Benítez, and Luis Jaso provide opportunities to learn the days of the week and the seasons of the year in a unique way.

Gaud Morel   En el huerto, frutas y verduras    (ISBN 9789707703629)   How does a vegetable garden change with the seasons? When are seeds planted? What are some of the most important farming tools? This book contains interesting facts about the production of the vegetables, fruits, and herbs we consume everyday. Includes a how-to section to grow a crop at home!

Pierre Pfeffer   Grande, fuerte y sabio: el elefante   (ISBN 9789707703582)   What are canines used for? Animals not only use them to attack, they are also useful to unearth the roots of trees, to dig in moist earth and find water. Includes fascinating scientific and cultural information, as well as interesting reading on reality and myths. It ends with poems by Mexican poet Neftalí Coria dedicated to the elephant.

Raphael Brice   El arroz, ese grano tan pequeño que alimenta el mundo    (ISBN 9789707700918)   In which countries is rice consumed daily? Several countries in Asia, such as China, India and Vietnam eat rice for lunch and dinner. Includes an interesting comparison between traditional and technological means of farming, as well as information on the ecosystem of a rice field. It ends with traditional rice riddles and a recipe.

Raphaelle Brice   La aventura de la papa   (ISBN 9789707703599)   Where was potato originally farmed? Is it only used as food? Who are its enemies? Interesting cultural, historic, and scientific facts about one of the world’s most popular foods. Includes a how-to article to make "potato stamps"   and Neruda's famous poem to the  potato.

Alma Flor Ada   Me encantan los Saturdays y los domingos   (ISBN 9781594375767)   "Through this affectionate and revealing portrait of a bilingual girl's weekend visits to her two sets of grandparents, Ada and Savadier prove that straddling two worlds can a blessing rather than a hardship." –Publishers Weekly

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