Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Guest Review for Dos Idiomas, One Me by Maggy Williams with a Giveaway


Dos Idiomas, One Me is the story of a young girl who feels torn between two languages. At home, she speaks Spanish, at school, she speaks English, and she finds herself resenting the fact that she has to translate her thoughts and feelings. Then, she realizes that being bilingual is a gift. She begins to have fun navigating the space of inclusivity and starts to relish the role of teacher and translator. 

By equally incorporating Spanish and English, Dos Idiomas, One Me promotes biliteracy. As young readers see their experiences reflected in the story of another dual-language speaker, they can feel encouraged to embrace all aspects of themselves.

“A charming book depicting bicultural identity. Maggy Williams takes the reader into the struggle and joy a child experiences while not feeling ni de aquí, ni de allá, and yet from both sides.” – Anel Duarte, artist and poet 

“Such a unique, inspiring story that captures the heart within seconds of reading! A powerful, dynamic rendition of what it means to be a bilingual child. Every family should read it!” – Sabrina Suarez, artist, advocate, and community leader 

“Esta pequeña historia guarda un gran tesoro. Para todos los niños que tienen la gran oportunidad y capacidad de aprender dos o más idiomas a la vez, de una forma natural. Que puedan apreciar y sentir la fortuna de ser completamente bilingües desde una edad temprana. Una ventaja con la que contarán el resto de sus vidas y que podrá ser de gran ayuda para ellos mismos y muchos otros a su alrededor. Un lindo recurso para todos los padres que quieren enseñar a sus hijos la riqueza de formar parte en varias culturas a la vez.” – Irma Erichsen, author and artist 

“Dos Idiomas, One Me illustriously guides young readers and their grownups towards understanding that differences make us unique and special. Beautifully written!” – AnnaMarie Jones, co-creator of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast.

Audience 6-8 years

Rachel Quaill's review...Dos Idiomas, One Me: A Bilingual Reader By Maggy Williams

What a wonderful way to teach unilingual children the importance of learning a new language as well as a way to help reassure bilingual children that they have a special gift that they should embrace their ability to speak in more than one language. This book did a great job in helping children that find it stressful having parents that may not speak the English language like they do feel less anxious about it. I have had friends in my own childhood where this issue caused great anxiety for them. 

Having the translations side-by-side was a smart way to help my child, who only speaks english, read aloud both sentences in the two different languages. He found it very challenging, however this sparked his interest in learning more words in Spanish and is asking me more often of Spanish translations of certain words. So this was a win for me!

The storyline is so sweet and thoughtful that you can’t help but to be engaged as the story progresses. This book just brings me and my son so much joy.

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About the Author
Maggy Williams started writing at five years old and hasn’t stopped since. She loves creating stories for young readers because they have the best imaginations and because she never wants to grow up. When she’s not writing, she enjoys acting and comedy improv, which is basically just make-believe for grown-ups.

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