Blake and Drake are twin brothers who do everything together They play in the snow and build forts in the winter In the summer, like most boys, they climb trees and chase after birds and butterflies They are typical boys and are best friends In MY BROTHER IS MY BEST FRIEND you are reminded that no matter what, you will always have your brother by your side What is really special about this book is that it is written in three languages Each sentence is written in English, French and Spanish Each of the languages are written in a different color Even though the pages are busy with words, you can follow along by just reading the black letters for English The book ends with a glossary of terms for the French and Spanish languages There is also a word find and sentence match game at the end of the book Smith s illustration highlight two boys who truly enjoy being with each other and playing outside The animals have character and the boys excitement shows through in their faces If you are looking to encourage the relationship between your two boys or want to start introducing another language with your children, pick up this book There is also the companion book, MY SISTER IS MY BEST FRIEND for your daughters to enjoy.You can feel good about purchasing this book since a large portion of the proceeds of Weaver s books go to benefit a Haitian orphanage The 2010 earthquake left many children homeless Weaver s mom lost 13 cousins to the earthquake and to honor their memory, she has decided to help Mercy and Sharing provide food and shelter to the abandoned children of Haiti. Enjoying one s brother with appreciation, while delighting in the simple things in life, is the focus of author Nicole Weaver s children s story The author demonstrates that knowing you are never alone and always have a best friend is part of the joy of being a twin.In addition, to enhance the learning experience for young readers, Weaver has written her story in English, Spanish and French The trilingual story highlights the playful capers of the twins as they enjoy their favorite seasons of winter and summer The side by side translations of the story are interesting and enlightening Each language is presented in a different color so as to make it easier to follow throughout the story.The beautiful, rich illustrations by Clara Batton Smith brings the story to life and will hold readers attention from beginning to end The artist captures the joy and excitement of the youngsters in her drawings.Weaver has created a fun way to teach youngsters and adults three languages at once The book includes a glossary for a number of words in both French and Spanish There is also a word game and a sentence challenge for youngsters to enjoy.MY BROTHER IS MY BEST FRIEND is a charming look at brotherhood and the fun twins can have.FTC Full Disclosure This book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. My Brother is My Best Friend, by Nicole Weaver, with illustrations by Clara Batton Smith, is the second trilingual book in Ms Weaver s Twins Best Friends children s book series Yes, while most of us may struggle with reading, writing, and speaking one language, this series is written in English, Spanish, and French Ms Weaver s first trilingual book, My Sister is My Best Friend, celebrates the joy of having a twin sister as a best friend Now her second book, My Brother is My Best Friend, continues the fun with twin brothers who are best friends.In this book we see Blake and Drake as they enjoy summer and winter fun together In the winter, they love playing outside in the snow with snowmen and snowballs Then afterward they enjoy cozy mugs of hot chocolate snuggled warm inside In the summer, they climb up in their treehouse, dangle their feet in the pond, and playfully imitate the wildlife they see all around them birds, amphibians, and insects They do everything together with gusto and joy The artwork by Clara Batton Smith totally captures the love and fun shared by these two brothers It makes you want to jump into the pages of the book and do just as Blake and Drake do run, jump, hop, dip in the pond, fly, and experience a joyful shared childhood It s important to me to see how active these boys are, not sitting around playing video games together, but enjoying being out and playing in the great outdoors.This is a lovely companion to Ms Weaver s first book about twin sisters Since it s in trilingual form, teachers and parents wanting to build their students vocabulary and develop fluency in a fun way will find both books entertaining and enjoyable, as well as educational What a wonderful resource for language learning, to have all three versions on the same page These books can be read over and over just for their feel good nature, while at the same time reinforcing and building their language skills These books are recommended for both boys and girls see how the other half has a good time.Published by www.guardianangelpublishing.com Available from online booksellers.Reviewed by,Penelope Anne Cole, award winning author of Magical Matthew and Magical Mea. About the Book Brothers are very special Meet two brothers that do everything together This delightful story transcends all cultural barriers It will warm the hearts of children from all over the world Los hermanosson muy especiales Conozca a doshermanosque hacen todo juntos.Estabella historiatrasciende todaslas barreras culturales.Tocaraelcorazon de todoslos ninos del mundo Etre frere, c est tres special Voici deux freres qui font tout ensemble Cette histoire merveilleuse transcende toutes les barrieres culturelles.L histoire varechauffer le c urdes enfants dans du monde entier.About the Author Nicole Weaver is an award winning author Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009 Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing.My Review No one knows a better than me, what a brother s friendship can bring to the heart of his brother not to mention his entire family.I know this because I have three boys of my own, that show me everyday what true friendship is They play together, fight together, and depend on each other The phrase I heard recently totally sums up boys in general noise covered in dirt But they are so sweet and special to every family in their own way My Brother Is My Best Friend, is a sweet story about two brothers, BlakeDrake, that have a very close bond and do everything together This book is a very special book for another reason besides showing the bonds of friendship between two brothers This book is a book that is written in trilingual form It is written in English, Spanish, and French I love the book because of the love described between the two brothers but I also feel that the trilingual part of the book is a HUGE plus Thank you Nicole Weaver for another winner Disclosure This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. Brothers Are Very Special Meet Two Brothers That Do Everything Together This Delightful Story Transcends All Cultural Barriers It Will Warm The Hearts Of Children From All Over The World Los Hermanosson Muy Especiales Conozca A Doshermanosque Hacen Todo JuntosEstabella Historiatrasciende Todaslas Barreras CulturalesTocaraelcorazon De Todoslos Ninos Del Mundo Etre Frere, C Est Tres Special Voici Deux Freres Qui Font Tout Ensemble Cette Histoire Merveilleuse Transcende Toutes Les Barrieres CulturellesL Histoire Varechauffer Le C Urdes Enfants Dans Du Monde Entier Written as a tri lingual book English, Spanish, and French , My Brother is My Best Friend takes the reader on the fun filled adventures of identical twin brothers, Blake and Drake The endearing times had together warms the soul, as Blake and Drake s special bond blossoms everyday The knowingness of having one s sibling let alone identical twin along for the childhood experience of learning and growing makes it all that much special Award winning children s author, Nicole Weaver has created a wonderful story of brotherhood and friendship and includes the learning the opportunity by having the story written in English, Spanish, and French Accompanied with a French and Spanish glossary, English word search and sentence match activity, My Brother is My Best Friend creates the perfect opportunity to introduce a new language to your child Visit Ms Weaver at www.nicole weaver.com to learn about her inspiring writing career Clara Batton Smith s illustrations mesmerize the reader from the onset, pulling them into the wonderful scenes Visit Ms Smith at www.cbsillos.blogspot.com and explore her colorful world. This is a cute tale of two brothers, who happen to be twins, who love to do everything together The reader can follow their antics through the different weather patterns As I have twin brothers, I could totally get this The things twins love to do What is interesting about this book is the reading can be done in English, Spanish, or French I liked that but to me, it also cluttered the pages Maybe a longer story could have been told In any case this book is great for those who do not have English as a first language or for those that want to brush up on their other learned languages.I also liked that in the back of the book there is a glossary of terms and sentences to find, as well as a seek and find game That makes it easier navigational and learning process is increased.I give this book 4 stars.Disclosure I was given a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours Naila Moon NOTE A portion of this books sales goes to help children in Haiti that lost their homes and families in the 2010 earthquake. My Brother Is My Best Friend by Nicole Weaver is a trilingual story about Blake and Drake, a set of identical twin boys who also happen to be best friends The reader gets the chance to follow the boys through their favorite seasons and the activities they love doing together while also learning new languages Told in a very straightforward and easy to understand manner, it is the perfect book for new readers who want to read on their own Its charming illustrations and positive story capture the joy of childhood and the unique relationship twins can share.My Brother Is My Best Friend is a great way to remind siblings of the importance of friendship as well as a wonderful tool for introducing children to French and Spanish By immersing them in the language in a fun and non intrusive way, their curiosity can be piqued, and the extra activities and glossary at the end of the book mean they can continue learning even when the story is over This book and its prequel, My Sister Is My Best Friend could make a great Christmas present for young readers Note The author provided me with a ARC in exchange for my honest opinion review. This story is told in English, Spanish and French Since all the languages are on each page the author has color coded them English is in black, Spanish is in red, and French is in blue This simple story is about twin brothers Blake and Drake and the fun they have playing outside in the winter and summer It demonstrates why they are not only brothers but best friends.At the end of the story there is a glossary of words found in French and Spanish There are also a word search and find the English sentences to match the French and Spanish sentences The pictures are fun and whimsical This would be a great teaching tool.Part of the proceeds from the purchase of this book goes to a Haitian orphanage through Mercy Sharing, an organization that provides food and shelter to Haiti s abandoned children This is a project near and dear to the author s heart Her own mother lost 13 cousins in the 2010 earthquake that ravaged Haiti Nicole Weaver has created a new counterpart to her award winning picture book, My Sister is My Best Friend My Brother is My Best Friend, is an enjoyable and easy read Two playful and inquisitive boys enjoy each other s company as they have fun and explore The book is told in three languages, English, Spanish French Each language is highlighted in a different color, allowing the reader to differentiate between the languages This is a fun book to read, while at the same time helping readers to become immersed in the different languages The powerful bond of twin brothers is an undercurrent to this story, so non twins would be equally as engaged by this book A glossary and word search at the back of the book are helpful to teach kids about unfamiliar words used within the body of the book.This book comes highly recommended for home and school libraries.
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