¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado /Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest

By Rethinking Schools

Like the rare and beautiful olinguito in the cloud forest of the Andes, Delacre’s abecedario is a rare and beautiful ABC book that will enthrall young readers—and everyone else. Unlike most bilingual books for children published? in the United States, Delacre’s elegant alliterative verse forefronts the Spanish and follows with an English translation—“Alto, allá arriba en los Andes brilla un bosque bordado de bromelias/High, high up in the Andes blooms a brilliant forest embroidered with bromeliads.” Delacre’s exquisite mixed media illustrations include collaged printed patterns ?in flat acrylic colors on a background of watercolor paper, and leaves and ferns from the cloud forest dipped into ink and pressed onto textured rice paper. The result is a gorgeous palette of bright tropical colors and lyrical text. Teaching possibilities are as varied as the lives inhabiting the cloud forest.