Pajamas and the Days of the Week (O Pijama)
Higina da Guia
Outskirts Press (2008)
Reviewed by Cayden (age 4.5) and Max (age 2.5) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (3/09)
“Pajamas and the Days of the Week” is a story about a boy named John preparing for bed and learning the days of the week. The text is written first in English and then in Portuguese.
Cayden: “I liked the picture of the snail in the beginning and the snail riddle at the end, but the middle of the book was kind of strange. I like books that have words besides English in them, but in this book I didn’t even know what some of the English words meant.”
My children really did not get into “Pajamas and the Days of the Week” by Higina da Guia. The storyline was not that interesting and was a little confusing in some areas. The author’s note in the beginning of the book states that the book “is perfect for all who are learning a second language (English or Portuguese).” It may be suitable for that purpose, but as an entertaining book to read to children it falls a little short. Also, for a small soft cover book I think that the price of $18.95 is a tad bit steep for the content.
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