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Reviewed by Janet Jensen for Readers' Favorite
In "The Adventures of Bosley Bear: A Dual Language Book in Spanish and English", Bosley is an ambitious, lovable and curious bear who wants to learn more about the world outside of the tiny cave where he lives with his mother. Bosley is not your average bear: he is bilingual, and speaks both Spanish and English in this book. In fact, this talented bear is multilingual, as translations are also available in Chinese, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic, French, and Russian, all matched with the English text on the page. A special multilingual volume is also available, with the text presented simultaneously in all the above languages. According to the information posted at amazon.com, author Tim Johnson "discovered the power of bilingual books while visiting Japan as a teenager." In "Bosley Sees the World", the story is presented simultaneously in both English and Spanish. For the reader, key vocabulary words are highlighted in each sentence of the text. They correspond to corresponding highlighted words in the printed text of the second language, to function as a dictionary. Bosley decides he will explore the world outside his cave, and takes us along on his journey. He finds mountains, forests, and the river. At the end of the day, however, he realizes what a small portion of the world he has explored.
Tim Johnson’s text in this bedtime story is clear and simple. “How is it that the world can be so big? I have so much to explore!” Bosley says. At the end of the day, Bosley climbs into his own bed: “It was the perfect size for Bosley. He curled up in his little bed and dreamed about the big world. He would explore it all someday. He knew it.” The color illustrations by Ozzy Esha are charming and will be very appealing to children. Translations are provided by Orlando Soto. I highly recommend this book to parents and their young children. The bilingual text of "Bosley Sees the World" makes this a very unique and useful book for parents who are eager to expose their children to a second language, whether it is English or Spanish. The message that the world is well worth exploring is also delightfully presented in this special book. I think we can look forward to many more adventures with Bosley Bear.