Juana & Lucas

Juana & Lucas

Book - 2016
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Fans of Judy Moody and Clarice Bean will love Juana, the spunky young Colombian girl who stars in this playful, abundantly illustrated series.Juana loves many things - drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to dance class. And she especially does not love learning the English. Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense? But when Juana's abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning-one that Juana will need to speak English to go on-Juana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all. Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones - the hearts - of readers everywhere in her first adventure, presented by namesake Juana Medina.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763672089
Branch Call Number: J FF MED
Characteristics: 88 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm
Alternative Title: Juana and Lucas


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May 19, 2021

It's a beautiful story about a girl changing her perspective from hating to learn English to loving it. My 6 year old loves to listen to me reading it to her and she loves the illustrations. However, I think the characters talk like an older child from 4th grade or above, and the print style is also suitable for a 4th grade or above, but the story line and illustration might be more engaging for a younger reader like my 6 yo. It might be a little too disjointed as a self-reader.

Jul 20, 2019

We got the audiobook version and it’s delightful. My kindergartener is in Spanish-English two-way immersion at school and hearing the Spanish sprinkled throughout the story is great. And it gives him insight into how English could be hard for Spanish speakers. Plus a little bit of information about a Spanish-speaking country. I’m looking for more just like this one!

Sep 29, 2017

I had such high hopes for this book. The author has a great concept of exposing the reader to another culture and incorporating Spanish words throughout, but her execution needs MUCHO work. The book is written from one girl's perspective and the speech/vocabulary vary from that of a 1st grader to a junior higher. Half of the book is written in minute font inappropriate for a very young reader and yet the illustrations are juvenile and much of the book would be a turn-off to 4th graders and above. The author assumes that context will make the meaning of the Spanish words obvious, but that is not always the case. Great idea but not one I would buy for my class, school, library --or grandkids.

JCLChrisK Sep 21, 2017

A very relatable slice of a young girl's life, sharing stories about her interests, family, and struggles in school, who happens to live in Bogota, Colombia. Nice illustrations, accessible, and sprinkled with Spanish.

Mariangela_S Feb 28, 2017

Love the Spanish words sprinkled throughout the story! Delightful story about Juana's experiences with learning English and who/ what motivate her to succeed.

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