A catalog of toys and books for Spanish children

January 03, 1992|By Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO -- Here's a different kind of catalog, designed for all those ninos whose parents want them to have books and toys that will help them know about their heritage and language.

"Ninos" is the Spanish word for children, and is the name of this catalog, which is filled with bilingual and Spanish-only books, cassettes, videos, board games and toys.

"El Gato en el Sombrero" ("The Cat in the Hat") is here, as is "El Principito" ("The Little Prince"), plus "Beatrix Potter y Sus Conejitos" ("Beatrix Potter and Her Rabbits"). There are videos that tell religious stories, such as David and Goliath, and games such as Turista Americano, similar to Monopoly, and geared to teaching children geography, money management and Spanish -- all while having fun.

Ninos, which came out for the first time last summer, is the dream child of Teresa Iglesias-Solomon, who lived in Mexico for many years and realized the difficulties of finding children's Spanish or bilingual books when she came back to this country.

The catalog items range from $2.95 to $75.95, and are for children up to 12 years old. All item descriptions are in English and Spanish. For more information or a free catalog, call (800) 634-3304, or write to 5959 Triumph St., Commerce, Calif. 90040-1688.

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