Carmen Learns English (Hardcover)

By Judy Cox, Angela N. Dominguez (Illustrator)

Holiday House, 9780823421749, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (6/1/2011)

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The first day of school can be scary, especially when no one else speaks your language. Carmen, who speaks only Spanish, knows she must be brave. Her teacher's Spanish is muy terrible; but with a little encouragement from la Senora, Carmen teaches the class Spanish words and numbers, and she in turn learns English from her new friends. 

About the Author

Judy Cox is a former elementary school teacher and the author of picture books such as Haunted House, Haunted Mouse and chapter books including Ukelele Hayley, a Bank Street College Best Book, and The Secret Chicken Society, which was nominated for four state awards and named a Best of the Best title by the Chicago Public Library. She lives in Oregon.

Angela N. Dominguez was born in Mexico City and grew up in Texas. Spanish was her family's first language. Angela's older brother helped her learn English so she could be fluent by her first day of school. She lives in California.

Praise For Carmen Learns English

"This charming celebration of bilingualism captures both the fears and delights of learning a new tongue."—School Library Journal
"Cox gets Carmen’s narration just right, folding in both Spanish words and enough malapropisms to give readers a sense of her special voice. Dominguez’s bright paintings present a basically confident little girl whose progress from anxious frowns to smiles will make readers cheer. Muy bueno."—Kirkus Reviews
"The frustrations of starting school as the only Spanish-speaking student come through clearly in Cox’s tale of a girl who slowly gets a handle on English with the help of a compassionate teacher."—Publishers Weekly