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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Minutka: The Bilingual Dog and Friends
by Anna Mycek-Wodecki
Age Range: 6-8
Minutka is an adorable tiny spotted dog that scampers across the pages sharing her everyday experiences. In this second book about Minutka she enjoys – playing Sherlock Holmes with her friends, being a toilet paper mummy, taking a drive, dancing in the rain and jumping into muddy puddles – in her two languages of English and Polish.
This beautifully presented small, square format is refreshingly different. The simple text is presented in both English – at the top of the page – and Polish – along the bottom. The tiny expressive illustrations on a grey background convey a real sense of fun, particular the delightful quirky illustrations of some ‘doggy’ habits that will make children giggle.
Minutka is a bilingual dog 24 hours a day and celebrates a life lived in two languages – “My family wishes me good night in Polish … and good morning in English”. A rather unusual bilingual book, but one that is sure to appeal to children who will be captivated by Minutka and her infectious pleasure of being bilingual.