By- Erika Semprun

El perro que quiso ser lobo and ¡Cuidado! ¡Palabra Terrible! can be found in Norma’s “Buenas Noches” collection—a collection of stories written for children between pre-K and 2nd grade. Luckily, these five-star reads are perfect picks for readers of all ages! The authors of these books address significant topics—such as the importance of family and friendship in an exceptional way. Interested in these delightful stories? Keep reading to find out more!

El perro que quiso ser lobo by Keiko Kasza

Moka, Michelle’s beloved dog, is tired of being dressed in costumes for tea time. One day, Michelle reads a book on wolves, and later that night, Moka dreams of the freedom he could have if he escaped to the forest. The next day, Moka decides to run away and follow his dreams of being a wolf. Unfortunately, he soon discovers he might not have the skills needed to live on his own in the wild.

El perro que quiso ser lobo is a lovable, touching tale. In it, parents and teachers will find the perfect story to share with their little ones in teaching them about the importance of love and family. While Kasza’s story is exceptional, her featured illustrations make for a wonderful reading experience for people of all ages. Educators and parents will find themselves smiling through Moka’s comical journey. Ready to uncover Moka’s mischief? Pick up a copy of Norma’s El perro que quiso ser lobo!

¡Cuidado! ¡Palabra Terrible! by Edith Schreiber-Wicke & Carola Holland

Laura and Leo are best friends, but one day, Laura goes over to Leo’s to play after a long, horrible day. Even after enduring a difficult day, Leo beats Laura at a memory game five times. Laura is unable to hold back her anger and she suddenyl shouts a curse word at one of the people she cares for the most.

Even as the word escapes her, Laura feels immense embarrassment and shame. She truly didn’t meant to disrespect her best friend, but once the word came out, it was too late. Leo, feeling confused and hurt, grabs his belongings and heads home.

Days pass and Leo and Laura stay locked in their rooms, unable to stop thinking of the horrible word that has been taunting them for hours on end. Will Leo and Laura find it in their hearts to forgive each other and salvage their friendship?

Have you ever said something you wish you could take back? Have you ever hurt someone you love dearly? In Edith Schreiber-Wicke and Carola Holland’s infamous tale ¡Cuidado! ¡Palabra Terrible!, a moving, entertaining story on the importance of friendship and forgiveness is brilliantly illustrated. Instead of depicting a common fight between friends, the authors cleverly personify Laura’s terrible word. With every flip of the page, the terrible word comes to life, making the narration absolutely enchanting for parents, teachers, and especially young children. Through ¡Cuidado! ¡Palabra Terrible!, Schreiber-Wicke and Holland teach readers the value of respect, while also addressing the gravity of forgiveness. By sharing this story with children and students, parents and teachers can tackle the topics of respect, forgiveness, and friendship in a clever way! Pick up a copy of Norma’s ¡Cuidado! ¡Palabra Terrible! today!

The Buenas noches picture book series motivates the youngest readers to explore the world around them through beautifully illustrated and developmentally appropriate titles that help develop students’ creativity, promote self-esteem, and foster a love for reading.

For lesson plans, resources, and more information on El perro que quiso ser lobo and ¡Cuidado! ¡Palabra Terrible! visit our Norma site or contact your account executive at 800-245-8584.

You may also like: The Origin of Storytelling. 

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