Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Curious George at the Aquarium: Jorge el curioso visita el acuario (A Bilingual Book)

A bilingual aquarium adventure!

Rey, Margret and H.A.
Curious George at the Aquarium: Jorge el curiouso visita el acuario.
May 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

The man with the yellow hat has quite a surprise for George! Today they're visiting the aquarium! As always, Curious George is just a bit too curious, and races over the fence at the aquarium, unable to wait for the man with the yellow hat. The noises coming from inside the walls are just too much temptation! And from the minute George enters the aquarium, he only becomes more curious, needed to explore every inch before landing himself in a predicament with the penguins! However, as Curious George usually does, his curiosity and mischief are quickly forgotten as he manages to once again pull through and "Save the Day!"

There's much to be learned about a visit to the aquarium in this tale with Curious George and the man with the yellow hat. Readers will be fully engrossed in the illustrations (that make the aquarium animals appear almost life-like) and anxious to plan a trip to a local aquarium near them! This bilingual edition of the book is also wonderful for bilingual families or even for those in which parents are trying to teach their children a little bit about Spanish! The text is presented in both English and Spanish, easily allowing readers to make the connection between words in both languages! Definitely a fun read!

Learning/Reading Activities:
  • Challenge your child(ren) to see just how much they can remember from Curious George and the Aquarium/Jorge el curioso visita el acuario using the Curious George Aquarium Match worksheet that can be downloaded here. Children are asked to match the name of each animal to its picture.
  • You could also have your child(ren) create a badge that displays Curious George's title as "Honorary Staff Member" after his heroic efforts saved the baby penguin who couldn't yet swim. That activity can be downloaded here. With a bit of additional directions, this could be used as a comprehension activity of sorts, by asking children to be sure to include details that show how Curious George earned this title!
  • Plan a trip to your local aquarium. Before going, create a scavenger hunt in which children are asked to hunt for specific marine animals during the visit!

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