Pepe lived on the streets. He had no family, so he went from place to place to beg for food. As he passed the hat shop, a sombrero fell off the balcony and onto his head. When a movie director spotted him, he was so excited he made Pepe the star of his movies. Pepe now lived in a big house, but he was still lonely. One day on the movie set, el gato in zapatos (who was very jealous of Pepe) stole the sombrero. Pepe needed his hat, and he chased the cat all over town, all the way to a playground! A little girl with her dad spotted Pepe and asked if they could take him home.
This is a book we surely would have read over and over when my daughter was younger. The image of Pepe on the cover (with el gato leering) will pull at the heartstrings of every puppy-loving kiddo. El Perro en Sombrero is a clever, fresh story about finding your family. Although younger kids (preschool) may not grasp the idea that you can have everything and still be alone, middle-elementary readers certainly will. The messages are well done and layered effectively for different audiences.
I especially loved the ways (plural) that the author exchanges text between Spanish and English. Readers can hear Spanish words while someone reads in English, and vice versa because the story is told in both languages, in parallel. The illustrations are a great complement to the text, and I love how they propel the action of the chase scenes - even without reading a word!
Highly recommended for family reading. Even if you aren't introducing a second language, the story is wonderful, with great messages and a happy ending.
An adorable pup, great illustrations, and a happy ending! El Perro en Sombrero has everything you want in a great read-aloud.
This is a bilingual story about a dog searching for a family.
The primary plot is Pepe's journey to be part of a family, but there are other themes to draw out, too: emotions of various kinds including sadness, loneliness, happiness, and jealousy. Introduce the idea of serendipity: being in the right place at the right time.
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