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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Look How Lovely!: ¡Mira qué lindo! is a bilingual (Spanish and English) children's book written and illustrated by Marti Skarupa. It chronicles a nature outing of a young boy with his grandparents. They walk through forests, fields and grassy lands, and see butterflies and bees and birds. The grandparents exclaim their delight at all the beauties of nature and share their pleasure with their grandchild. Even the drops of rain that fall are things to be treasured and sometimes are even followed by a rainbow. The story is told in both English and Spanish, with separate pages and full-color illustrations for each translation, allowing readers to doubly enjoy the story.
Wow! I love this book. I had a huge smile on my face as I read Marti Skarupa's bilingual children's book, Look How Lovely!: ¡Mira qué lindo! It is an enchanting book with prose that somehow manages to have a musical, lyrical quality in both languages, and illustrations that are stunning. This book is a magnificent effort that reveals the author's love of nature and appreciation for the grandparents who showed her how lovely life and nature is. Skarupa goes the extra yard and gives the reader two illustrations for each page of text, one for each language version. It makes for a rich and full experience, and is one of the most enjoyable bilingual reading experiences I've come across. You don't have to be a little kid to love this book, but if you do know any kids, you'll probably want to read this aloud with them. Look How Lovely!: ¡Mira qué lindo! is a marvelous children's book that blends nature with language, and it works very well indeed.