Monday, June 1, 2009

A charming bilingual book about exotic zoo animals!

Bounding for Books Blog Tour has started and today I'll be spotlighting Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa, written by Rebekha Delgado, illustrated by Joy Delgado and translated by Julio Delgado. I recently had the chance to review this children's book. Read my review on Suite101.

To see who's hosting who today, cick here. Be sure to check it out, as all hosts will be giving away a prize at the end of the two-week tour. To be eligible, all you need to do is leave a comment on their blogs.

Zooprise Party/Fiesta Zoorpresa started out as bilingual books for Joy and Julio’s grand daughters and Rebekha’s nieces who live in Puerto Rico. Books are the gift of choice. Bilingual books are hard to find and when you do find them, they are usually about a particular culture. So, Joy asked her daughter Rebekha, who was an accomplished writer for help. Rebekha agreed to write stories for the girls. Joy taught herself how to draw on the computer and illustrated the book and Julio then translated the story to Spanish.

As the ‘project’ developed, it became clear that this wasn’t just a book. This was a book that would help teach a second language as well as inform people about animals that aren’t very common. From that realization, Joy developed the Activity Book and the Teacher’s Guide to take the book beyond reading.

You can see how these books and website work together go to:

You can also follow Joy’s two blogs:

Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa where you’ll find Zebee the laughing zebra and the rest of the gang at the ‘V Zoo’and Books Go Beyond Reading where you will learn how to take any book beyond reading.

So what’s the book about? Here’s what the publisher has to say:

How would YOU like living next door to a group of nosy gerenuks?You would, IF it was your birthday.

In Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa it’s Mori the okapi’s birthday.When Sally the zookeeper wishes Mori a Happy Birthday, Lito, the nosiestof all the gerenuks, is listening at the fence between the two exhibits.

Follow along as he gets his other neighbor, Elvis the king vulture to help him plan and pull off a surprise party for Mori.Will Mori be surprised? How will all the animals in the zoo get to the party?

Find out in: Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa by Rebekha Delgado

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Be sure to leave a comment here on my blog for a chance to win an autographed print copy of my children's picture book, Crash. I'll announce the winner here on June 15th!

Don't forget to visit Joy's blog for a chance to win an autographed set of her ebooks,
Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa!

Watch a video interview with Joy Delgado here.

Before you say goodbye, watch the trailer!


Joy said...

Good Morning Mayra and thanks for hosting me today. I'll check back later to answer any questions your readers might have for me.

Bye for now,

Kim McDougall said...

Bilingual books are so important! Kid are naturally curious about language and it's a great way to teach them about the wider world. I've had the pleasure of Reading Zooprise Party/Fiesta Zoopresa. Loved it.

April said...

This is such a fun tour! Zooprise Party looks sooo adorable and tons of fun!

Shari Lyle-Soffe said...

Mayra and Joy

I especially enjoyed the trailer for this book. It is always wonderful when a book has learning and play materials available.

Shari Lyle-Soffe

Margot Finke said...

Hi Joy. Mayra has done you proud here mate. Of course your Zebee is mates with all the US and Aussie animals in my books. What a cool character! Love the trailer as well - so cute!!

Having them translated into Spanish is a big plus - widens your buying pool too. Good for you Joy.

Yours are books that will really HOOK kids on reading.

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Cheryl said...

Hello ladies,

My kids loved this book and it was all I was allowed to read to them for a while.

Since the girls have learned some Spanish in school, it was cool for them to be able to see a bilingual book, and they enjoyed learning new words.

Best of luck on your tour ladies.


Donna J. Shepherd said...

I've seen the book and it is formatted so children can easily read both versions. Thanks for showcasing the book, Mayra.

Jennifer Gladen said...

Congrats Joy on such a wonderful book. :)

Joy said...

Popping in again. My last post didn't show up. Sorry. Thanks for all the words of encouragement.
Cheryl, I'm tickled to hear that your girls liked the book so much.
Being bilingual is important in the world today and with these books you can have fun in the process of learning.

Thanks again for all your comments.