cover image How Do You Say?/¿Cómo Se Dice?

How Do You Say?/¿Cómo Se Dice?

Angela Dominguez. Holt, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-62779-496-1

Two look-alike giraffes mirror each other’s behavior and exchange simple words in Spanish and English in this upbeat tribute to language. “Food!” declares the English-speaking giraffe. “¡Comida!” says the other. Both dip their long necks to drink water, and after declaring that they are friends, they don party hats amid a shower of balloons and confetti (“Party! ¡Fiesta!”), then fall asleep in heap. Dominguez’s bold, playful pictures keep the focus squarely on the giraffes’ one-on-one interactions as she demonstrates something that many children know intuitively: speaking different languages is a minor detail when it comes to making new friends. Ages 2–4. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Nov.)