Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bilingual Travel Books

Postcards from Chicago: Postales desde Chicago
By Laura Crawford
Raven Tree Press, 2008

Postcards from New York City: Postales desde New York City
By Laura Crawford
Raven Tree Press, 2008

Postcards from Washington, D.C.: Postales desde Washington, D.C.
By Laura Crawford
Raven Tree Press, 2008

These books are part of a “Traveling with Anna” bilingual series by Raven Tree Press. Each book features a big city. Anna sends postcards to her friends and family from each city. Each spread consists of Anna’s postcard where she tells what she visited that day. The picture side of the postcard is featured of the real places. These photos are high quality and show what each tourist destination really looks like. Then each page features key facts about each place. They are short, but factual and easy to read. Anna’s postcards are more conversational and reveal some personal side to her travels.

The bilingual portions of these books feature the facts translated into Spanish. The postcards are written in English only. The facts feature more difficult words that might be hard to explain and understand for an ELL student, so it is helpful to have those facts translated.

Anna is featured through the book in drawings on each page.

I love this series of books because it blends fiction and non-fiction, Spanish and English. There are so many things that could be done with these books in the classroom. What helps is that they feature interesting, updated pictures, kid-friendly facts, and a simple, uncluttered layout.

1 comment:

Peter said...

Wow, sounds like a great book series idea - I'll definitely keep an eye out for them.

I’m reading a great travel book at the moment called Chasing Sunsets by Lawrence Pane and his family. It's not bilingual but it has some amazing stories and if you're into travel books then I really think you'll enjoy this. Lawrence, his wife and young son took off on a six year circumnavigation of the world by boat and the book is a documentation of their adventures.

What I liked most about it was that it really inspired me to go out there and accomplish those things I’d been putting off in life. There is no time like the present to live out your dreams and even though the aim of Chasing Sunsets wasn’t exactly to do so, it managed to lift me out of my humdrum existence and get me going after my own dreams to the fullest.