On This Beautiful Island (En Esta Hermosa Isla)

Summary:

Guanín, our narrator, uses poetic verse to describe his family traditions and life in Puerto Rico.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The intricate, colorful illustrations will brighten any day, even if you don't read the text.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

Our preschooler routinely picked up the book and stared at the cover. S/he was clearly mesmerized by Guanín’s image. Still, we weren't very successful getting many readings, and were routinely told “the end” after just a few pages.

Parent Reaction

The illustrations are incredibly beautiful. It is difficult to tell, at times, whether this is to be a rhyming verse or descriptive poem. When reading aloud, sometimes the rhyming and/or alliterations theme works, at other times, thought it is difficult reading.

Type of Book:
This is a pastoral book that celebrates and educates children about the Taíno history and culture.
Educational Themes:

The story introduces children to Puerto Rico, and more specifically, the Taino culture (which they aren't likely to see elsewhere). The book offers a nice springboard for talking about the cultural histories and traditions in your own family.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 3½-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
This could go either way. The illustrations alone make it a beautiful book to have. Go to the library and seek this out. As a Latino family, it is a nice book for our personal collection.

Title On This Beautiful Island / En esta hermosa isla)
Author Edwin Fontanez
Publisher Exit Studio © 2004
Illustrators Edwin Fontanez
ISBN 0964086867
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.95
Genres Family, Historical Fiction
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