We Laugh Alike/Juntos Nos Reímos by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez

Published by Charlesbridge

We Laugh Alike / Juntos nos reímos by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand:  9781623540968 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books
We Laugh Alike / Juntos nos reímos – Charlesbridge

Summary:  Two groups of kids meet on the playground: three speak English and three speak Spanish.  At first, the groups watch and listen to each other, unable to speak the others’ language.  Gradually, they find things in common: jumping rope, dancing, and enjoying the playground equipment.  By the end of the day, they’re playing together and learning words from a new language.  Then it’s “¡Hasta mañana!” and “See you tomorrow!” as each group heads off in a different direction.  Includes a glossary of Spanish and English words and an author’s note about the importance of learning languages, written in both English and Spanish.  32 pages; grades K-3.

Pros:  A cute story about overcoming language barriers to friendship.  The text is written in English and Spanish, which could help kids learn a few words in a new language.

Cons:  There were a few pages of text around the jump rope scene that weren’t translated, or the translation was a little confusing.

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