Sunday, April 29, 2012

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- El palacio de las hadas By Florencia Cafferata (Review)

El palacio de las hadas

Ages: 5-7
Escenarios Fantásticos
6 Pages, 11.5 x 11.5
Formats: Cloth
Cloth, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $32.95)
ISBN 9788467704006


Perfect for reading time and playtime alike, this book includes a short, charming story about a very strange day at the fairy palace—a day in which none of the household or garden items are behaving at all—and then folds out to reveal a three-dimensional palace. Cutout paper figures are included so that kids can invent their own magical tales. Perfecto tanto para el tiempo de lectura como el tiempo de juego, este libro incluye un cuento corto y encantador sobre un día muy extraño en el palacio de las hadas—un día en el cual ningunos de los objetos en el palacio o en el jardín están cooperando—y entonces se despliega para convertirse en un palacio completo. Figuras troqueladas de papel se incluyen para que los niños puedan inventar sus propios cuentos mágicos.

My Thoughts:

I have to say that this is my favorite Spanish book for little girls.  As soon as I pulled it out of the box and showed Savannah, she began to smile and ran towards the book.  The cover is adorned with brightly colored fairies, as well as glitter.  Savannah loved rubbing her hand over the illustrations and feeling the raised drawings, along with touching the glitter.  She kept saying "Sparkle" as she pointed to the glittery areas.  Once I opened the book, I was in awe of this beautiful book .  The inside cover contains a short story about a day at the fairy palace.  Then, as you continue on and flip through the pages of this book, the scenes comes alive through pop up and 3D illustrations. In addition to the short story, this book also contained cutout characters, which young children can use and pretend to tell the story, as they dance the cutouts through the 3D pages.  Savannah couldn't help but smile as I turned each page, only to create another beautiful scene.  As I turned the pages, I told Savannah a story I had made up based on what I was seeing in the scenes.  And, by the end time I got to the end of the book, she was asking me to read it again.  

We have had this book for over a week now, and Savannah has me read it to her daily.  I love making up a new story each time I read it, as it keeps it fun.  As I read, Savannah maneuvers the cutouts through the scene, as if she is creating a new story in her head.

Children will love this book, not only for the cute story in the beginning of the book, but with the jaw-dropping 3D scenes that come alive as you flip through this book.  It also makes for a great birthday gift to share with children who love fairies and whimsical stories/activities.  Children will enjoy reading or listening to you read the short story, but then can be left to create their own story as they play with the cutouts and interactive scenes.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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