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The Little Lame Llama

Written by Esther Gálvez, Agueda Molina, Juana Huayanay; Spanish. Read book »

Alex is an older student at Unioto High School who offers the following remarks about this book.  “This book was funny and caught my attention.  A boy and a girl go hunt for a llama, and when they finally catch one, they bring it home.  They get dressed up in outfits and parade around with the decorated llama in the front.  This story kept me interested because I learned that there are many ways to celebrate many different things.”


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The Little Girl and Her Brother

Written by Gerardo Wipio; Spanish.
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Nick, a beginning Spanish student, describes the book’s plot.  “The story begins with the parents leaving the older sister in charge to take care of the younger brother.  The brother gets into trouble and the sister has to watch him carefully.  I enjoyed this book because I could relate to it as I have a younger sibling who I have to watch over to make sure he does not get into trouble.  I learned the words for “brother” and “sister” in Spanish and that was what the book was all about.  I would recommend this book because it was fun and an easy book for younger kids.”


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I Love to Read

Written by Liliana Santirso; Spanish.
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Maddie, a first-year Spanish student shares her thoughts about this book.  “A little girl loves to read and is looking for a new book.  She says how useful and adventurous books are.  Then she talks about different types of books – love stories and books about heroes and villains.  She also talks about the books they use at school that are kept hidden.  I would recommend this story to others because it is fun and easy to read, as well as a good way to learn new, useful words.  I found that I already knew a lot of the vocabulary words such as escuela, revista, libros, parquet and casa.  I could connect what I knew outside of Spanish class and bring new words into the classroom.”

 

Read more book reviews from the students below.




Alex
I work at Subway Restaurant and attend Unioto High School.  I am seventeen and I like to hang out with friends and family.

Calling the Doves
by Juan Felipe Herrera
The story is about a girl with her family and all the different things she does in school, during the summer, and at summer’s end.  The text included a lot of cognates, which helped me to understand the story.  I liked the book because it was fun and colorful.

My Very Own Room
by Amada Irma Pérez
A little girl was cramped in her room and wanted more space, so she and her family worked to clean things up.  She eventually got more room and could then sleep better.  I can relate to this story because I remember having to move when there wasn't enough room after my parents had more kids.  I know what it is like to need more room!

The Little Lame Llama
by Esther Gálvez
This book was funny and caught my attention.  A boy and a girl go hunt for a llama, and when they finally catch one, they bring it home.  They get dressed up in outfits and parade around with the decorated llama in the front.  This story kept me interested because I learned that there are many ways to celebrate many different things.

I Love Bookstores
by Liliana Santirso
This story is about a boy who buys a book from the bookstore.  The boy reads the book and when he is finished with it, he goes back and gets another one.  He takes the book everywhere with him.  I thought this story was funny, and I could relate to it because I enjoy reading books and the little boy in the story did, too.  I have found that in learning Spanish, studying and re-reading really makes a difference.

At the Coast
by Virginia Taboada de Wrobel
Because it is very, very hot, kids walk to the beach where they can cool off.  They meet their friends and play in the sand, and then they go home. This story was very easy for me to understand because it had a lot of words I already knew such as flores, playa, casa, hermanos, mar, peces, etc.




Maddie
My name is Maddie.  I am 15 years old and live in Chillicothe, Ohio, where I attend Unioto High School.  I play basketball, volleyball and run track.  This is my first year in Spanish class.  I use the ICDL to find Spanish books and to connect what I learn in Spanish class to knowledge outside of the classroom.

I Love to Read
by Liliana Santirso
A little girl loves to read and is looking for a new book.  She says how useful and adventurous books are.  Then she talks about different types of books – love stories and books about heroes and villains.  She also talks about the books they use at school that are kept hidden.  I would recommend this story to others because it is fun and easy to read, as well as a good way to learn new, useful words.  I found that I already knew a lot of the vocabulary words such as escuela, revista, libros, parquet and casa.  I could connect what I knew outside of Spanish class and bring new words into the classroom.

I Love Bookstores
by Liliana Santirso
This story is about a young boy who likes to buy and read books.  The story reveals the types of books he enjoys reading and exactly where he buys them.  In our Spanish class, we just learned how to say bookstore. We have previously learned the words “gusta” and “gustan,” and it was helpful already knowing what they meant.  I liked this book mostly because it was on my level of knowledge.  It was easy and fun because there weren’t many words that I didn’t already know.  The book presented some new vocabulary that I could connect to words I had learned in class in order to put new sentences together.

The Sugar Cane
by Jesús Pérez
Three kids are enjoying a walk through a field of canes.  They see butterflies and try to catch them.  Then they dig and plant more cane.  They see smoke and something burning as two men come to cut down their cane.  In the end, their dad comes home with a bag of sugar that had been made from the cane.

I liked this book because I learned a lot of new words that I could bring into the classroom.  It wasn't challenging to the point where I had no clue what was going on.  It was perfect for my level of proficiency.  I would recommend this story to my classmates because it is an easy way to practice many of the question words, as well as relative and descriptive words, that we have learned in class.  I also think it is fun to read something in a language that not many American girls my age speak.




Brandon
I am 15 and in the 9th grade at Unioto High School, where I play baseball, basketball and golf.  I speak English; however, I am taking Spanish 1 at school.  I use the ICDL web site for Spanish reading labs.

The Little Girl and Her Brother
by Gerardo Wipio
The mama and papa leave to go on a trip down the Amazon River.  The girl has to take care of the little brother.  He runs away and she can’t find him for a while.  Once he is found, the two work on crafts until their parents get back.  I have learned the word, “estar,” which has helped me with this story.  This book was good and I would recommend it.

María and Her Ball
by Liliana Santirso
This story is about a girl who gets a red balloon.  They become the best of friends and do everything together.  Then she gets sad because all the other kids are playing together while she is playing with her balloon.  She begins to cry and her red balloon turns blue.  After a nap, she is happy again.  This book was hard for me to understand, especially because the words were in cursive, but I did learn question words that helped me with my Spanish sentences.

The Sugar Cane
by Jesús Pérez
A family of two girls and their little brother love to play in their sugar cane field. One day, they are playing in the water when someone asks them to plant some seeds.  They do, and the next day, the sugar cane that is full grown is cut down and carried away to a market.  I learned question words in Spanish class that helped me with this book.  I would recommend this book because it was an easy story for a Spanish 1 student like me.

In the Punas
by Esther Gálvez
I chose this book because I liked the llamas on the cover.  The story was about a family who lives on a farm.  The dad gets a new llama while on a trip and brings it home, where the family feeds and plays with it.  They also take all of their llamas to grandpa’s house.  I learned the word “gustar” in class, which helped me to read this book. The story was easy to read, and I would recommend it to a first-year Spanish student.

The Condor
by Esther Gálvez
I chose this book and read the first page, and it was very interesting right from the beginning.  I kept reading and found it was a very good book.  The story was about birds and I think that birds are interesting.  The baby condor in this book is hungry, so the daddy bird protects it while the mom flies away to get it some food.  When she returns, the dad flies out.  Meanwhile, the mom has to save the baby bird from a predator.  The dad comes back with more food and then they all go to sleep.  I learned the word “ser” in class which helped me read this story.  It was not that long of a book and very easy for me to read.

The Little Lame Llama
by Esther Gálvez
Well, I liked this book because it had some suspense for the reader.  A girl and her mom find a llama lying hurt on the side of the road.  It was interesting trying to guess if the animal would get better and what they would do with it.  They take the llama home and put clothes on it.  The llama gets better and they have a fiesta to celebrate and set it free.  Learning the word “gustar” in Spanish class helped me read this story.  This book used simple Spanish words and was very easy to understand.  I would recommend this book because it is funny and has a good storyline.




Cody
My name is Cody and I am 14 years old.  I am a Kentuckian, but I now live in Chillicothe, Ohio and go to Unioto High School.  I play sports for fun.  I speak English but am trying to learn how to speak Spanish.

The Little Girl and Her Brother
by Gerardo Wipio
I chose this book because it looked kind of interesting. The story is about these kids’ parents who leave for a little bit, and while they are gone the kids go exploring in the forest.  While exploring, they discover many types of plants and animals.  When the parents get home, the kids show them what they discovered.  I can connect this book to Spanish class because the words used in the book, such as “estas,” and “jugar,” are also being used in Spanish class.  I would recommend this book because it is easy to read.

I Love to Read
by Liliana Santirso
This story takes place in a girl's home.  Reading it reminded me of Spanish class because of the words we have learned recently (me gusta, del, and libros, for example). I would recommend this book because it is an easy book to read.

María and Her Ball
by Liliana Santirso
This story is about a girl who gets a balloon and plays with it.  It takes place on the girl’s farm.  This book included some words we learned in Spanish class, such as “niña,” “el,” “de,” “se” and “cuando.”  I would recommend the book for young children because it is simple.




Corbin
I am a freshman at Unioto High School.  I read books on the ICDL web site to practice my Spanish and for extra credit in Spanish class.

I Love to Read
by Liliana Santirso
I liked this book because it was very easy for me to understand.  I chose it as a beginner learning the Spanish language and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

I Love Bookstores
by Liliana Santirso
I liked this book because of the author.  I read another one of her books and it was very easy for me to understand as a beginning student in Spanish.  We just recently learned how to say bookstore in Spanish (librería), so this book helped me out in learning what other Spanish words relate to bookstore.

I Like to Play with Books
by Liliana Santirso
I liked this book because it was easy to understand and didn't have a lot of hard words in it.  I understood what most of the words meant, even though I don't know a lot of Spanish.




Halee

The Little Girl and Her Brother
by Gerardo Wipio
This story is about a little girl who is watching her younger brother while their parents go away for a while.  While they are together, they play near the Amazon River and make flower rings and do other things.  Finally, their parents come back home!

In the Punas
by Esther Gálvez
I liked this book.  It was about a father who brought his son with him when he took the llamas out to the meadow to graze.  When they came home, the mother was outside sewing while the baby was playing near her.

At the Coast
by Virginia Taboada de Wrobel
This book is about a family that lives on a farm near the ocean.  The father takes the kids to the beach where they meet a fisherman named Fredrico.  Fredrico shows them different types of fish in the ocean.  When the father and children come home, the mother is outside feeding the farm animals.




Hanna
I am a Spanish 1 student at Unioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio.

The Amaru
by Danilo Sánchez Lihón
El Amaru is about a mystical creature that brings water to all the plants and animals in need of water.  I saw a connection between the story and the vocabulary I knew from my Spanish class.  Recognizing the colors in Spanish helped me bring more of my imagination to the book’s images.  The book helped me learn how to use context clues to help me understand many other words that I didn't know.  I would recommend this book to students who want to challenge themselves in building their vocabulary.

Fosforín the Matchstick
by Nori Rojas Morote
A match doesn’t know its purpose, so he goes on an adventure to look for it.  At the end, the match does find its purpose.  From this story, I learned a bit about Spanish culture (this may be outdated since the book was published in 1996).  The book was funny and the pictures really went with the story line.

The Condor
by Esther Gálvez
The new baby condor is born and needs food.  So the mama condor goes after food and is threatened by country men.  Knowing family vocabulary such as mamá, papá and bebé from Spanish class helped me to understand the story.  The book taught me about condors and introduced me to new Spanish words.  I would recommend this story to others to help learn more Spanish vocabulary in context.




J.D.
I am a student at Unioto High School.  I am 14 years old.  I live in Chillicothe, Ohio. I speak English and a little Spanish.  I like playing sports and videogames.  I use the ICDL to help me with my Spanish and to earn extra credit in class.

In the Punas
by Esther Gálvez
I liked this book because it was easy and enjoyable to read.

I Love Libraries
by Liliana Santirso
I liked this book because it had a lot of vocabulary words that I knew and it was easy to read.

I Love Stories Before I Go to Sleep
by Liliana Santirso
This book also had a lot of vocabulary words that I already knew.  I also thought it was a good story.

Fosforín the Matchstick
by Nori Rojas Morote
I liked this book because it was pretty funny and the pictures were cool.

The Condor
by Esther Gálvez
I liked this book because it featured words that are easy for first-year Spanish students.

The Little Lame Llama
by Esther Gálvez
This was also a good book and, like El cóndor, it was easy for me to read.




Keesha
I am a freshman at Unioto High School.  I am fifteen years old.  I can speak English and a little bit of Spanish.  Two of my major hobbies are cheerleading and tumbling.  I use the ICDL to complete reading labs in Spanish class and to help me understand Spanish better.

I Love Storybooks
by Liliana Santirso
I enjoyed this book because it went into a lot of detail about why the boy liked the bookstore and what types of books he liked.

The Little Girl and Her Brother
by Gerardo Wipio
I liked this book because it told about how the sister protected the brother from the dangers in the jungle.  It also talked about how they played and had fun in the jungle.

I Love Libraries
by Liliana Santirso
I liked this book because it had a lot of vocabulary words and described in detail why the boy liked the library.




Lucia
I am a student in a Spanish 2 class at Unioto High School.  I am 15 years old and live in Ohio.  I speak mainly English and a little Spanish.  I really enjoy reading.  My Spanish professor often uses the ICDL website in her class to help us apply what we have learned in reading and translating.

The Little Girl and Her Brother
by Gerardo Wipio
I could relate to this cute story about a little girl and her brother.  It was also easy to read and understand and helped me review my Spanish.

The Little Lame Llama
by Esther Gálvez
This very cute book about an injured llama was easy to comprehend.

Margarita’s Dream
by Gloria Cáceres
This is a cute book and has a good plot.  It is not hard to understand and is a good review for Spanish.




Miriah
I am 16 years old and live in Chillicothe, Ohio.  I am a student at Unioto High School.  I love to run cross country and track.  I speak English.  For fun, I love just being outside and enjoying the day with friends or family.  I used the ICDL to get some books for extra credit in Spanish class.

The Pink Cloud
by María Ìnés Dávila Pessagno
There is a pink cloud and when it goes away the community is sad.  The governor wants people to give money to help solve the problem.  The vocabulary in this story helped me pick out the unknown words, like “rosada” helped me figure out what “nube” meant.  That is just what we do in our Spanish 2 class.  I recommend this book for beginners like me because it is a good fantasy book.

The Naughty Vowels
by Flor Sánchez Zúñiga
The message of this story is “do not be bad and inconsiderate by just thinking of yourself, but think of others as well.”  In Spanish class, we learned and are still learning about our Spanish vowels, just like the ones in this book’s text.  I recommend this book because it not only helps you with your grammar, it also helps you learn what is right from wrong.

In the Punas
by Esther Gálvez
This story showed a family who were concerned about the llamas.  The boy and father take the llamas to get food and shelter, while the baby and mom wait outside.  I could connect this book with vocabulary from our Spanish class because it was a good source for helping me to understand word usage and sentence structure (like Frio telling me it is cold outside or how I figured out what “rodillos” meant).  I would recommend this book for someone who needs practice with their Spanish vocabulary.




Nick

The Little Lame Llama
by Esther Gálvez
This story is about some kids who find a llama and dress it up for a parade.  Then all the llamas want to be like him.  I was able to relate the party they threw for the llama to a fiesta, which we learned about in Spanish class.  I enjoyed the illustrations in this book because they were very detailed and gave a good feel for the story’s setting.  This book could be a little tough for someone new to Spanish.

The Condor
by Esther Gálvez
The plot was about a baby vulture that was hungry.  The parents went to get food to feed the baby.  I was able to connect my classroom learning of the days of the week to this book because those words were mentioned in the story.  I enjoyed this book because it was a very good book for a beginner in Spanish.  I also enjoyed the book for the pictures, which really helped you get an idea of what was going on.

The Little Girl and Her Brother
by Gerardo Wipio
The story begins with the parents leaving the older sister in charge to take care of the younger brother.  The brother gets into trouble and the sister has to watch him carefully.  I enjoyed this book because I could relate to it as I have a younger sibling who I have to watch over to make sure he does not get into trouble.  I learned the words for “brother” and “sister” in Spanish and that was what the book was all about.  I would recommend this book because it was fun and an easy book for younger kids.




Tyler
I am 15 years old and live in Ohio.  I attend Unioto High School, where I play soccer, basketball and tennis.  I speak English and a little Spanish.  I use the ICDL to read books for extra credit.

The Little Lame Llama
by Esther Gálvez
A llama gets hurt and people find it and take care of it.  Then when it’s not hurt anymore, it is the best llama in Peru.  I like the story because it has animals and a fiesta.  I would recommend this book to someone who speaks Spanish and likes llamas.

Paco and the Mirror
by Catalina Alvarado
A boy isn’t clean, so no one will talk to him or play with him.  He goes to his house and the mirror and the sink make him clean himself.  After that, everyone is willing to play with him and talk to him.  The illustrations in this book were very funny.  I would recommend it to someone who needs a bath!

Calling the Doves
by Juan Felipe Herrera
This story takes place on a farm and is about a boy who pulls fruits and other crops.  The book also has nice illustrations and animals.  I would recommend it to a farmer or to someone who likes to grow and take care of plants.