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El Chupacabras

Last updated Friday, September 30, 2022

Author: Adam Rubin
Illustrator: Crash McCreery
Date of Publication: 2018
ISBN: 0399539298
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Oct. 2022

Synopsis: A long time ago, a girl named Carla lived on a goat farm with her father, Hector. One night, a goat disappeared from the farm and turned up flat as a pancake. Only one creature could do that - El Chupacabras, the goatsucker! Legend has it that El Chupacabras is a fearsome beast, but you can't believe everything you hear... and sometimes the truth is even more interesting.

Told in equal parts English and Spanish, each sentence is half-Spanish/half-English followed by a repetition of the same line translated the other way around. This mirroring technique allows the languages to intermingle equally. A fun and unique way to introduce either Spanish or English to new readers.

Note to readers:
•  Many of the sentences in this bilingual book switch back and forth with English and Spanish words and phrases. If you are comfortable reading the Spanish words, you can read each sentence. Or if you prefer to read mostly the English parts, you will need to read part of one sentence then fill in part from another.

Discussion topics:


•  racket - noise; commotion

Craft ideas:
•  Make a chupacabra/goat mask. Using a paper plate or paper bag.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!