Margarita and Margaret by Lyn Reiser. Recommended in Lesson 1 of Sonrisas Level 1 - Me llamo. This book celebrates the power of being bilingual and knowing two languages. Talking about that power provides an excellent way to get a new class excited about Spanish. On the left, Margaret (carrying toy rabbit Susan) and her mother come to the park, though the child protests that `There is no one to play with'; on the right are Margarita, her mother, and a cat named Susana holding the identical conversation--in Spanish. They meet, and while the mothers (assuming that their language difference is a barrier) sit facing outward on the same bench, the little girls gesture, converse, and play with their toys, each picking up a few words of the other's language and parting as friends--with the mothers now smiling at each other. Constructed with unusual imagination and care, a bilingual story that makes a perfect first bridge from either language to the other, with simple but expressive art that will help define the words for new readers. 32 pages, paperback.