No grade level provided by the Publisher. I would use it for kindergarten and 1st grade in Spanish Language Arts and/or Social Sciences.
Another review (in Spanish): http://revistababar.com/wp/?p=129
The book is written in a clear Spanish prose that uses metaphors, vivid descriptions, and educational language that is easy to comprehend by beginning readers. It includes Literary Bilingualism in the protagonist's name: though he is named Guillermo, everyone calls him Shakespeare because of his dedication to reading. This concept also is distinctive as the book is written in Spanish but brings in the notion of English literature. Also, the author uses the expression "hop!" to indicate either the sound made by the landing when Guillermo jumps or to bring to the reader’s memory the idea of a jump using English language.
The illustrations are delicate aquarelle drawings done in earth tones. They provide a tranquil mood that permeates through the end. In fact, the extent of Guillermo’s danger is limited to his following the butterfly’s idea of an escape plan. I think that students would enjoy the story more if Guillermo were in some more tangible danger. However, I recommend this book for its clear content and accessible academic language.
Reviewed by Alejanfrina Franklin
This review is part of the Special Section: Books in Spanish, featuring a collaboration with Policy and Language Studies students at San Diego State University. Read more about it here.