Marta is una niña, an ordinary girl . . . with some extraordinary animal friends!
As Marta explores the jungle, she knows she's bigger than a bug, smaller than an elephant, and faster than a turtle. But then she meets the snake, who thinks Marta is sabrosa—tasty, very tasty! But Marta is ingeniosa, a very clever girl, and she outsmarts the snake with hilarious results.
With simple Spanish and a glossary at the end, this fun read-aloud picture book, Marta! Big and Small, teaches little ones to identify opposites and animals and learn new words.
A School Library Journal Top 10 Latinx Book 2016
Arena and Dominguez nimbly combine an exploration of relativity with an introduction to Spanish vocabulary as una ni a named Marta encounters various animals while exploring a junglelike setting. Though the text is minimal, Arena uses repetition and context clues to make each concept readily clear: "To a horse, Marta is lenta. Slow, very slow. To a turtle, Marta is r pida. Fast, very fast." Dominguez's loose, energetic illustrations underscore the meanings of each term and, during a run-in with a hungry snake, help demonstrate that Marta is among other things "ingeniosa. Clever, very clever." Ages 4 7. Author's agent: Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Literary. Illustrator's agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt.