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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Book review - Dos Idiomas, One Me: A Bilingual Reader by Maggy Williams (Author), Briana Arrington (Illustrator)



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

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Our book review

The book tells the story of how a young girl who attends school can speak in both Spanish and English.  She finds it difficult because at home she is not allowed to speak English as her parents do not understand, and at school she is not allowed to speak Spanish because her friends do not understand. All she wants is to be known as a little girl and the bright vivid pictures and large text explain how she feels about having to talk different languages in different situations, as well as attracting a young reader to look and study the pictures, inspiring their imaginative side.


Her best friend then asks her to teach her some Spanish and from this request she decides not just to teach her friend but her class as well. The whole book shows us how we do not always recognise how inventive children can be on solving their own problems. It can also be used when a child is feeling confused and conflicted about where they stand at home and in the community.


An interesting story on how children can work through issues themselves with bright illustrations.


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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