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Lala, The Concert of Lights: El Concierto de las Luces is the third book of the Lala the Lizard series by Susana Illera Martinez. It's the time of the year for the long-awaited Concert of Lights in the close-knit community of Pond by The Rock. Like others, Lala and her sisters are equally excited about the upcoming event and preparing for it by making beautiful lanterns. Lala has even made a lantern for her friend Ari, who she knows will be busy weaving decorations for the event. Now that the time has come, everyone is waiting for the magical fireflies to arrive so the lanterns can be lit. But a tiny firefly named Lucy is nervous about performing in front of others because it is her first time. Once Lala and Ari hear about it, they are on the case.
Being different makes us unique. This is the primary message of this wonderful children's picture book by Susana Illera Martinez. Lala, The Concert of Lights: El Concierto de las Luces is a bilingual short story so that both English and Spanish readers can read and find joy in following the adventures of Lala the Lizard and her best friend, Ari the Spider. The vibrant illustrations by Natalia Jimenez Osorio add to the characters' personalities, making them feel alive and all the more enjoyable to read. In addition, the story reminds us always to strive to be kind, helpful, and understanding of others. Kids are bound to love this one.