By: Nicole Weaver
Illustrated By: Clara Batton Smith
Published: January 15, 2014
Blake and Drake are twin brothers who do everything together. They play in the snow and build forts in the winter. In the summer, like most boys, they climb trees and chase after birds and butterflies. They are typical boys and are best friends. In MY BROTHER IS MY BEST FRIEND you are reminded that no matter what, you will always have your brother by your side.
What is really special about this book is that it is written in three languages. Each sentence is written in English, French and Spanish. Each of the languages are written in a different color. Even though the pages are busy with words, you can follow along by just reading the black letters for English. The book ends with a glossary of terms for the French and Spanish languages. There is also a word find and sentence match game at the end of the book.
Smith's illustration highlight two boys who truly enjoy being with each other and playing outside. The animals have character and the boys excitement shows through in their faces.
If you are looking to encourage the relationship between your two boys or want to start introducing another language with your children, pick up this book. There is also the companion book, MY SISTER IS MY BEST FRIEND for your daughters to enjoy.
You can feel good about purchasing this book since a large portion of the proceeds of Weaver's books go to benefit a Haitian orphanage. The 2010 earthquake left many children homeless. Weaver's mom lost 13 cousins to the earthquake and to honor their memory, she has decided to help Mercy and Sharing provide food and shelter to the abandoned children of Haiti.
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Nicole Weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish, and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. Her deep connection with family resulted in her writing and publishing,MY BROTHER IS MY BEST FRIEND, by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014. Weaver also penned two other children’s trilingual picture books entitled, MY SISTER IS MY BEST FRIEND, and MARIE AND HER FRIEND THE SEA TURTLE. For more on Weaver, visit her website, http://www.nicoleweaverbooks.com/. You can also find Weaver on Facebook, HERE, and Twitter, HERE.
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