Libro de las arenas ­movedizas

­Holiday House. Jul. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823447220.
Gr 1-3–A young girl is swinging through the jungle when the vine snaps and she falls into quicksand. Her friend appears and is there to help—but first he wants to explain what he knows about quicksand to make sure she, and readers as well, know how to identify quicksand and how to get out. He explains how to use a stick to make sure you don’t step into quicksand, why quicksand shifts, the difference between it and regular sand and water, and how different animals are able to get out (or not) from quicksand. As he talks, children will notice that the young girl is sinking slowly, and the jungle animals have gathered to learn about the quicksand as well. When the young boy finally helps her, he ends up falling in himself, and she makes sure to help him—after she finishes her tea. This silly narrative is full of facts and information about quicksand, with humorous illustrations with plenty to point out. The Spanish text is concise as well as funny, and an interesting experiment to create quicksand is included.
VERDICT Funny and informative, this resource can be used for a variety of extension activities. A great addition to Spanish collections for children.

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