If I Could / Si Yo Pudiera


A little boy (age 5?) dreams about being all sorts of things, like a bell or a cat or a mountain. He takes this fantastical journey of “What if’s” and finds that he is glad to be who he is. The text is written twice on each page, once in English and once in Spanish.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This picture book inspires imagination. Having the text in English AND Spanish expands the possibilities for reading.

Content Awareness Factors:

The text is awkward at times, and the illustrations are awkward at times, as well.

Little Kid Reaction

They did like the story because of all the animals in the illustrations.

Parent Reaction

I liked the concept. I thought the illustrations and the story were whimsical and dreamy, inviting my child to imagine what it would be like to fly or to swim like a seal. I loved that the words were in Spanish as well – in a household where Spanish is also spoken at home, it would be wonderful to read this book sometimes in English, sometimes in Spanish (what a gift to a child!). I was not overly impressed with the forced rhyming of the words. Sometimes, the rhyming was awkward and distracting, even making me confused about the meaning of the sentence.

Type of Book:
Rhyming text and repetition give kids a chance to read this story about dreams and imagination on their own.
Educational Themes:

This is a book for using your imagination!

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with boys ages 3 and 5.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. It is worth a read. If Spanish is also spoken at home, or if you are raising your children to be bilingual, it is worth the purchase.

Title If I Could / Si yo pudiera
Author Nancy Sweetland
Publisher Raven Tree Press © 2008
Illustrators Robert L. Sweetland
ISBN 9780977090693
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Foreign Language | Bilingual
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