Relatable Reading for Second-Year Spanish Students
Miguelito is happily surprised when his good friend Tomás (an American mouse) arrives in Venezuela as an exchange student. The two go to school together, but also travel throughout the country and experience different aspects of Venezuelan culture. Every month Miguelito writes a detailed letter to Susana (their friend in Maine), telling her about their many adventures: riding the teleférico up the mountain, El Ávila in Caracas, traveling to see la Isla Orquídea in Canaima, visiting Lake Maracaibo, and dancing el merengue and la salsa at a local fiesta.
Cartas a Susana includes content questions with each chapter and a complete 17-page Spanish-English glossary at the end of the book. With illustrations by Peter Tracy.
- Level 2
- Unique Words: extensive
- Tense(s): multiple
- Glossary: yes
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©2010. Level 2. Middle school, high school. 5 x 7 inches. Softcover, 69 pages.
MORE about Cartas a Susana and the companion first-year book, Las aventuras de Miguelito...
First-Year Student Response Has Been Amazing!
"I used Las aventuras de Miguelito with my brand-new Spanish students and it made an incredible difference in their confidence levels! The chapters are short and use a lot of conversational Spanish vocabulary. I read the narrative paragraphs to the class but ask students to take the roles of the characters and read the actual conversations out loud. I then give my students time to re-read the chapter to themselves and answer the list of preguntas listed at the end of each chapter. The student response has been amazing! My kids are so pleased to be able to easily de-code an entire book in Spanish—and having a real interest in Miguelito’s story has really reinforced their vocabulary skills. I am very happy to have the Cartas a Susana sequel to introduce to my second-year students.
Carolyn C., HS Spanish Teacher from Michigan
About the Author
Fabiola Canale was raised by German parents living in Venezuela. She has lived all over the United States, and currently resides in Colorado. She has been teaching and writing stories for her students for many years. While she truly loves cooking, reading, and watching TV, her favorite free-time activities are working out and hiking with her husband. She wishes she could live in Maine, just like the mice in her books.