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*My Friends/Mis Amigos* by Taro Gomi

Also by Taro Gomi:

What Do You Wear?

Presents Through the Window: A Taro Gomi Christmas Book

Squiggles: A Really Giant Painting and Drawing Book

My Friends

Spring Is Here/Llego La Primavera [bilingual]

I Lost My Dad


My Friends/Mis Amigos
by Taro Gomi
Ages 4-8 40 pages Chronicle Books May 2006 Paperback    

Gomi’s work is notable for its simplicity of design and use of primary color and form to create a story that is engaging and an attractive primer for bilingual study. In My Friends (Mis Amigos), a little girl identifies with the world around her, beginning with animals: “I learned to jump from my friend the dog/ De mi amigo el perro aprendi a bincar.”

The girl learns to climb from a monkey, to explore from an ant, to watch the night sky from an owl, to sing from the birds. She learns to read from books, to study from her teachers and to play from her school friends. Best of all, she learns “to love from a friend like you/ Y aprendi como amor de un amigo como tu,” adding an emotional component to the learning process.

The language is kept at an appropriate level for young readers, the drawings simply constructed. The book is learning-friendly in concept and execution, a perfect introduction to bilingual language skills in an easy format.

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