Say Hello!

Written & Illustrated by: Rachel Isadora

For ages: Infant and up

Language: Primarily English & Spanish. Also includes: Arabic, French, Italian, Swahili, Japanese, Mandarin, and Hebrew.

Topics Covered: Community, Friendship, Language, POC-Centric Narratives

Summary: Join Carmelita and her mother as they take the family dog on a walk around the neighborhood.  Carmelita says “Hello!” to all the different folks on her walk: in stores, neighbors, restaurants, and even the ice cream truck.

This board book is a fantastic introduction to different languages and cultures!  With a unique art style, the collaged illustrations provide interesting visuals for the story.  Would definitely recommend for any young child to begin fostering language development!

Reflection Questions:

  • What languages do you know?
  • Does anyone in your family speak a different language?
  • What language would you like to learn someday?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Learn to say more than “Hello!” in some of the languages featured in the book.  What are some other languages you would like to learn as well?
  • Write your one story about a character say hello to others in different languages than the ones in the book.
  • Make a collage-style picture like the author/illustrator does in the book!

About the Author & Illustrator:

rachel isadoraRachel Isadora began dancing at the age of six. She trained at George Balanchine’s School of America Ballet under a Ford Foundation scholarship where her mentors included legendary choreographer and New York City Ballet founder and artistic director George Balanchine and celebrated costume and scenic designer Rouben Ter-Arutunian. She has danced professionally in New York City, Boston and London. When a foot injury forced her to retire early,  Isadora turned to her other talent: the visual arts. She has since illustrated and written over 200 children’s books and many have been adapted to film, music and dance. Throughout her life, Ms. Isadora’s great passion has been painting.  Her oil paintings depict her lifetime love and involvement in the world of dance.  Anthony Williams, Founder and Artistic Director of Boston’s BalletRox and Tony Williams Ballet Company and former Principal Dancer with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet said, “Rachel Isadora’s oil paintings capture what dance means to me. It takes a dancer to understand the movement, expression and nuance of dance and then to translate these on to canvas. She expresses, not only the performance as the audience sees it but the inner feelings and physical involvement experienced by the dancer.  Isadora continues where Degas left off”.  Michael Crabb, the Dance Critic at the Toronto Star, said, “Only a dancer knows how to capture the moment between movements. Rachel knows what is to be anticipated, like a dance photographer, to capture an image that gives dynamism and hints at the movement that’s to come. These are great paintings.”

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