Academic journal article Language Arts

Marta! Big and Small

Academic journal article Language Arts

Marta! Big and Small

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Marta! Big and Small Written by Jen Arena Illustrated by Angela Dominguez Roaring Brook, 2016, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-62672-243-9

This seemingly simple concept book for younger readers packs a lot of punch within its pages. At one level, it is a concept book about opposites and animals, revealed as a young girl explores her environment. Using the comparison-and-contrast structure, young Marta is compared to animals large and small. But the book is far more complex, orienting readers toward the different animals' points-of-view. Each animal is introduced by way of its perspective toward Marta. Additionally, readers get a sprinkling of Spanish words. Each simple sentence thus introduces an animal, its perspective, a Spanish adjective, and that adjective's English definition repeated within the sentence, reinforcing the "opposite" concept: "To a bug, Marta is grande. …

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