Here, Kitty, Kitty! / Ven, gatita, ven! (My Family: Mi familia)
Reviewed by Cayden (age 4) and Max (age 2) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (6/08)
“Here, Kitty, Kitty! / Ven, gatita, ven!” is the third book in the “My Family/Mi familia” series by author Pat Mora. In this book we explore all of the hiding spots of the family’s new kitty. Each sentence is written in English and then in Spanish.
Cayden: “Mom, can we read this book next? I want to read it because I want to learn more Spanish words!”
Cayden: “Right Max, you found her!”
Cayden: “I hope she doesn’t step on the cat when she puts her shoes on!”
Cayden: “She has a messy closet!”
Cayden: “Why is that cat hiding in there? Is that a good hiding spot?”
Max: “Hide! Hide! Count!”
Cayden: “I liked when she knocked over the flower pot. That was funny! Max knocked over the plants when he was playing astronaut with the clothes hamper on his head but you didn’t think that was funny mommy.”
Cayden: “Ven, gatita, ven! Here, Kitty, Kitty!”
The Spanish words that my older son knows are those that he learned on Dora or Diego (which actually are quite a few). He was very eager to learn the new words as we were reading them. There was a lot of repetition in the book like the words “She hides” or “Se esconde” which was great in helping him to learn. Although Max, at age 2, was not that into learning the Spanish words he enjoyed the illustrations and seeing all of the spots where the cat would hide. “Here, Kitty, Kitty! /Ven, gatita, ven!” is a wonderful, educational book and we look forward to reading more in the the “My Family/Mi familia” series and improving on our Spanish.