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Libro lunes - El capibara con botas

Like many of you, one of my summer hobbies is catching up on all of the new class reader novels for Spanish class. In order to share about the books I have read I will have a libro lunes novel series posts (not to be confused with lista lunes:). This week's libro lunes is the new novel by Mira Canion, El capibara con botas

To see many of my classroom library recommendations all in one place, you can visit My Amazon Store book list!

Here is the book description from
"An entertaining animal story with science and social studies cross-curricular content with only 55 new words in Spanish. Learn about four geographic regions of Ecuador, the Amazon Rainforest, South American animals, the water cycle, and deforestation. Great for elementary, middle school, and beginning high school classes. Includes numerous illustrations, supplementary English-Spanish non-fiction readings, complete glossary, and an enticing prologue."

El capibara con botas would make a perfect first novel for any age of student. It amazingly has just 55 unique high frequency words. All of the animals would be entertaining to elementary students, while the adventure and bigger themes of the environment and science related topics would be interesting for high schoolers as well. 

As a teacher, I love the supplementary English-Spanish non-fiction readings at the end of the book including: capybaras, Ecuador, pumas, jaguars, The Galapagos Islands, rainforests, and the water cycle. They would make for great further cultural and cross curricular exploration. According to Mira, the vocabulary includes some content-specific words: selva tropical, árboles, mono, lago, agua, bote, puma, jaguar, and capibara. But, it is mostly basic high frequency vocabulary such as: camina, nada, salta, corre, ve, tiene, va, está feliz, es, dice, toma, su mamá, su papá, and amigo.

There is a great list of themes to explore in the book and there is a teacher's guide in the works. I would personally love to use this novel as a first book in Spanish 1, or even with my junior high exploratory class. I started putting together some resources for the novel here -Pinterest Board - El capibara con botas. Thank you Mira for another great classroom reader!

What are other books you have added to your classroom library lately?


  1. Looks like a great addition! I will have to look into it for my library, thanks.

    1. Currently bought this book at a Blaine Ray workshop. Looking forward to your pinterest board!

    2. I am reading this novel with 3rd-5th grade this year and have some ideas if anyone would like them! They are also in a word document if we could somehow add it to the pinterest page. Let me know-my email is Gracias!

      • Rainforest music in background (when kids enter class)
      • Decorate classroom like the rainforest/Ecuador—my in-laws and husband have been to Ecuador multiple times, so I have tons of realia (woot!)
      • Tape rainforest animals to tables. They find matching animal to the one I give them (I keep 18 and tape the other 18 to the tables—3 of each animal):
      • PQA with rainforest animals-le gusta/no le gusta (react-que problema o perfecto)
      • Donde, donde esta? Donde está la clase? (Jason Fritze chant) Ecuador
      • If a student doesn’t like their animal, see if someone else likes it and if they want to switch seats
      OR if lots of kids don’t like them, allow them to stand up and choose a new animal in 10 seconds
      OR ask students to say Spanish sentences about people who don’t like their animal (Sarah no le gusta el mono)
      • Capibera at the Olympics: (Movietalk)
      • Que animal de la selva? Game (Lights out)-warm up (I ask students the question and only show them part of the animal)
      • Vote with your feet/four corners using rainforest animals (pictures)
      • Reaction race with rainforest animals (I hold up or say Spanish word for animals—if they are that animal, stand up, jump, etc.)
      • Personal story about interactions with these animals (Aranas en mi casa-que problema)
      • TPR vocab from novel

  2. I just started this novel with grade 5 and it has been great so far. Easy enough that they understand, but interesting in its subject matter and storyline. Looking forward to sharing resources as more people pick up this novel!

    1. Jenny,
      Please share any other resources that I can add!



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