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Bilingüe Book Buddy: Lala Una Lagartija Diferente


by Nene Bilingüe

Nene Bilingüe seeks to provide bilingual homes the tools and resources to promote language and nurture parent-child interaction. Libro-Tivities are academic and fun activities to help families re-engage with bilingual books.

Book Title: Lala A Different Kind of Lizard / Lala Una Lagartija Diferente

About the Author: Susan Illera Martinez is from beautiful Cali, Colombia. Her creative soul and love for art led her to a career in graphic design in Miami, Florida.

About the Illustrator: Natalia Jiménez Osorio has been drawing from a young age. She is also from Cali, Colombia who’s career focuses on branding and editorial design.

About this book: Lala may be a different kind of lizard, but she soon learns that love overcomes everything. Join Lala’s journey in recognizing love, acceptance, and tolerance with her spider friend Ari.


3.a Hiding Letters/Letras Escondidas: Literacy Activity

Materials Needed: White Printer Paper, Black Marker, Salt, Dot Markers, Brush, Glass Container

Pour salt into the glass container, enough to cover the bottom. Cut the printer paper in half writing both uppercase (minúscula) and lowercase (mayúscula) letters found in Lala’s name on both sheets repeating them as many times as you’d like. Place one sheet under the glass container and one sheet besides it. Have your child use the brush to “search” for hidden letters. Once they find a letter they name it and find it on their paper. Each time they uncover a letter they stamp it on their sheet. This activity can be done with letters in their own name, matching lowercase to uppercase letters, or search and find sight words and words from the story.

3.b Spider Patterns / Patrones de Araña: Math Activity

Materials Needed: 3 Pipe Cleaners, Pony Beads, Pom-Poms (optional), Googly Eyes (optional) , hot glue (optional)

Take 2 pipe-cleaners and cut them in half. Twist this bunch in the center to make the 8 legs. Take the third pipe-cleaner and twist it around the center of the bunch leaving enough to create a ring under the spider’s body. Using the beads, have your child choose different colors to create an AB or AAB patterns (patrones) on each of the legs. As your child threads the beads, repeat the colors and encourage them to do the same. If available, finish the spider by gluing a pom-pom as its body and two googly eyes with hot glue.

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3.c Mosaic Lala / Lala de Mosaico: Craft Activity

Materials Needed: Construction paper, Sticker Foam Shapes, Scissors

Trace or print out a lizard silhouette in any color. Cut it out and use different shapes to decorate your lizard. Create different lizards each with different shapes or colors. Mix and match and create as many different lizards as you wish.

Download a Printable Version Here

For more fun with Lala check out: https://lalathelizard.weebly.com

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