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Reviewed by Ann Linus for Readers' Favorite
It was just her first week in school, but Lolis already dreaded first grade because of the English language. On the first day, she was unable to recite the alphabet. On the second day, she couldn’t pronounce all the words the teacher showed her. Both times, she walked back to her chair embarrassed and dejected. All her classmates were doing well. To make matters worse, Ms. Martinez informed the class of a short writing and reading test the next day. Lolis was mortified. Her fear grew until she blurted out to her mom that she didn’t want to go to school the next day. But her mom had a secret to learning English. Brave Lolis Learns English: La Valiente Lolis Aprende Inglés by Armida Espinoza is a story about doing the impossible.
Brave Lolis Learns English is both educational and entertaining. The story reveals an aspect of the struggle faced by children when learning a new language, and I like that it provides a practical solution. The illustration of this story was very entertaining. Robert Blancas visualized this story with colorful and expressive drawings that aptly captured Lolis’ every emotion. Also, since this book is written in two languages, English and Spanish, I had fun trying out some Spanish words, probably because I’ve always liked Spanish. If I ever take the bold step of learning this language, I will remember to be brave like Lolis. Armida Espinoza did a great job with this book, and I believe it would be very helpful to children learning Spanish as a second language.