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Reviewed by Anastacia Hawkins for Readers' Favorite
"Rocky’s ABC Book" is an alphabet book starring an adorable Chihuahua and his friends. From apples to ice cream to naps to Zorro (Rocky’s friend), this book helps preschoolers to not only better understand the sights and sounds of the alphabet, but also how to say the words in Spanish. Each page has text in English, and the same text in Spanish, along with photos of Rocky and his friends demonstrating each word. “A is for apple. Rocky doesn’t like apples. Do you like apples?” This text is accompanied by a photo of Rocky sitting next to a basket of apples. At the end of the book are two bookmarks and an English and Spanish vocabulary list.
"Rocky’s ABC Book" is a fun way to introduce preschoolers to the alphabet. Young children will get a kick out of the photos of Rocky and his friends: Rocky sitting in the driver’s seat of a car, adorable napping puppies, Paquito the parrot’s colorful wings, and Zorro in his costumes. I did feel that the photos could have been more imaginative, as well as the text: “T is for number three. Rocky and Canela’s three puppies are Delilah, Daisy and Diana. Do you have three puppies?” The photos look as though they came first, and the text came second, as though the author just looked through her photos to see which ones would work with the letters A-Z, except for the photos of Rocky sitting next to a basket of apples, under a lemon tree, and next to a bowl of oranges. These do seem staged specifically for the book. The extremely simple text can certainly be expanded on by the reader, allowing to go into more detail as each reader sees fit.