The Life of/La vida de Selena (Special Edition)

Lil’ Libros. (The Life of/La vida de). May 2024. 22p. Board $16.99. ISBN 9781948066969. BL.
Baby-Toddler–The youngest readers will be introduced to the larger-than-life Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla in this commemorative edition of the bilingual English-Spanish board book originally published in 2018. Ten spreads provide information about the talented singer, with the verso featuring text in both English and Spanish and the recto including an accompanying illustration that corresponds with the text. Sentences are short with the last word enlarged for emphasis; it’s also the main focus of each illustration. Young readers will learn where Quintanilla was born, the name of her tour bus, and some of her interests, such as music, fashion, and pizza. This board book is a great introduction to Quintanilla as well as a good choice for practicing English and Spanish together. It has spot gloss glitter, a larger trim size, and features a pink and purple palette.
VERDICT A great addition to bilingual board book collections for children, especially where Lil’ Libros titles are popular.

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