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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
by Anna Mycek-Wodecki
Age Range: 6-8
Minutka is an adorable tiny spotted dog that scampers across the pages sharing her everyday experiences – playing in the sprinkler, leaping after butterflies, playing ball, sleeping, dreaming and waking – 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 as Minutka celebrates a life lived in two languages – “I am a bilingual dog 24 hours a day”.
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. Other bilingual editions are available that pair English with French, Chinese, Italian, Polish and Turkish.