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.