OK, I have been on a long hiatus, but I am back! Back and motivated for the new school year. I did a lot of reading over the summer (but mostly adult books, I have to admit) but I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the Hunger Games series, which came out yesterday. I am probably # 192 on the waiting list at the public library, so it may be a while before you see that review posted here.
What I do have for you today is a great picture book to start off the school year: Rachel Isadora's Say Hello! Carmelita lives in a very ethnically diverse neighborhood and loves to say hello to all of her neighbors. The illustrations are adorable (reminiscent of Eric Carle) and the young ones will love repeating "hello" in different languages. There is a pronunciation guide in the back that tells the languages, so you can have students guess and then check their answers in the back.
So to any new readers out there: Konichiwa!