Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Eight Animals Play Ball by Susan Middleton Elya

Eight Animals Play Ball by Susan Middleton Elya and Illustrated by Lee Chapman is an adorable book about a chaotic game of baseball, blending both Spanish and English words in a fun sing-songy way.  Because of the dual language, I would suggest reading it to your child, but I would start with shortening it for your preschoolers’ attention span and offering it to upper elementary students to attempt on their own.

What I disliked:

I hate to criticize these things because they are a million times better than I could ever have done myself, but I would never have picked the book up based on the cover alone.  it looked like an old lame book, but I am so glad Dolly Parton sent it our way.  The crazy fun story was totally worth it.

What I liked:

I liked how it incorporated both the English and Spanish languages in a way that rhymed and was fun to read.  The pictures brought the words to life, and its cute ending put a smile on my face as I sat it back on the shelf.

Where to find it:

We were blessed to have ours sent via Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  If you would like to get a hand on your own hard cover copy, it can be found from Amazon sellers here for less than ten bucks.

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