Everybody Bonjours! By Leslie Kimmelman. Illustrated by Sarah McMenemy. Knopf. $16.99.
Let’s Eat! ¡A Comer! By Pat Mora. Illustrated by Maribel Suárez. Rayo/HarperCollins. $12.99.
Americans are fairly insular when it comes to languages other than English, despite the prevalence of Spanish in many communities and the importance of native languages to many immigrant groups. Both these books for young readers take a gentle approach to bilingualism that should appeal to parents hoping to broaden their children’s linguistic horizons. Everybody Bonjours! is also a travel book – in fact, it is attractive largely because it is a travel book, not a teaching tool. Intended for ages 5-8, Leslie Kimmelman’s book focuses on a family trip to
The teaching may be more or less incidental in Kimmelman’s book, but it is the whole point of a new bilingual series for ages 3-6 called My Family/Mi Familia – in which the first entry is Let’s Eat! ¡A Comer! This is a simple domestic story told, sentence by sentence, first in English and then in Spanish: “On the table, we see a big pot of beans. Sobre