Count on Culebra: Go from 1 to 10 in Spanish
When Iguana stubs her toe and whines to friends Tortuga and Conejo, they cannot help her. Their friend Doctor Culebra, however, prescribes a bizarre treatment that involves tying un rolling pin, dos kettles, tres skillets, and assorted other kitchen utensils, including nueve knives and diez spoons, to Iguanas tail. The cockamamie accumulation of cookware creates such a clamor, Iguana forgets her toe. Cured, she is able to make cactus butter dulces for her friends. The well-paced story exudes a charming silliness and invites participation. Bright cartoon-style illustrations, rendered in gouache and colored pencil, nicely depict the foolishness and are large and clear enough for group sharing. A guide to the pronunciation of Spanish words is appended, as is a recipe for Iguanas special dulces. The introduction of Spanish words and counting concepts along with the appealing art and offbeat story make this a treat for classrooms and storytimes.