"How'd They Get In There" by Valeria Flores is all about a little boy named Nico, and all the friends and family he has all over the world. He might not see them in person much, but he sees them in tablets, computers, phones, and even pictures everyday - and has them in his heart forever.
While I wanted to love this book, my kids did not really get into it. I love the multicultural aspect of the book, and that it is all about the new world we live in where we can connect with people everywhere. Despite going back and forth between English and Spanish through much of the book (rather than just repeating the English words in Spanish), the book felt a little long. And because it was all about people my children did not know, I think it lacked point of reference for them to stay engaged with the story.
Bilingual families who speak both Spanish and English regularly in the home might better be able to enjoy this book. And of course a great one if your family primarily lives far away.
Unfortunately, the cost of this book ($21.99 for a soft cover and $31.99 for a hardcover) is also a negative - though a great one to pick up at the library!
Book for Children Ages: 3 years old to 5 years old
- What are some ways that we use to talk to people who are far away? Which one is your favorite?
- How can we show people we love them even when we cannot see them often?
- How many different types of transportation can you think of that help people visit each other in real life?
Activities for Kids:
- Find a map and look up all the places where your friends and family live.
- Write a letter or call someone who lives far away. One way to get your child involved in conversations with distant family and friends even when young is to read a story together on the phone.
- Pretend to take a trip. Pack a small backpack with things you need. Turn a couch, chair, or box into the airplane, train, or car. Make sure you talk all about the trip, and have a snack when your child "arrives."
Cultural Diversity: The area this book excelled most was in cultural diversity, showing many, many people from all over the world.
Children's Book Review Rating: 3.5 Stars