Title: Tortuga in Trouble
Author: Ann Whitford Paul
Illustrated by: Ethan Long
Date/Publisher: 2009, Holiday House
Reviewed by: Trisha Faye, Binkey and Bubblegum Books
Tortuga (turtle) starts out for Abuela’s (Grandmothers) house with a canasta (basket) on his back. In a tale reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood, Tortuga quickly runs into trouble with a cunning coyote. His three friends, Iguana, Conejo and Culebra (Iguana, Rabbit and Snake) follow and save the day in true hero fashion.
This fun tale, illustrated in vivid brilliant colors, introduces 14 Spanish words that are repeated through out the story. A glossary of Spanish words is as the beginning of the book for easy reference, including pronunciation for each word.
Here’s a good way to introduce other languages to our young, expanding horizons for our global community.
The author/illustrator dynamic duo has three other similar books published: Fiesta Fiasco, Count on Culebra and Manana, Iguana.