Itipurú y el monstruo del océano

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Itipurú is the smallest chick of a blue penguin colony in New Zealand. Itipurú wants to be independent and swim and hunt for food like the older chicks, but he is still moulting and is grounded ashore. If he goes into the sea with baby feathers he will die of cold. When an earthquake shatters the island, all the animals that can swim flee, leaving Itipurú behind. Now he must reach the colony to survive, but will he make it with a vicious sea monster between him and his family?

Beautifully illustrated by kiwi/New Zealand Artist Trish Donald, this story for learners of Spanish, Itipurú y el monstruo del océano’ is an easy Spanish reader using a total of 132 words, including cognates. A glossary with all words used is provided at the end of the book. The super simple language  in this book has a poetic feel to it, and this impression is heightened by the fact that there is one sentence per line. This makes the book a pleasure to read, especially for absolute beginners. Step by step, new words are introduced, leading you into the language while you just enjoy the story. Bigger and smaller fonts emphasize the emotions in the story and create a vivid experience. And last but not least, the dialogues are designed specifically so that it's always super clear who is talking. 


  • 80 new vocabulary words and 55 words that are similar in both Spanish and English
  • total word count: 2525
  • 58 pages of text
  • written in present tense
  • neutral Spanish
  • setting: New Zealand

Information for teachers

Would you like to order a set of 20 of more copies* for your class? We will give you a 10% discount (for 20 or more copies of the same title). Please, order the novels via e-mail. Due to relatively small stock numbers, please allow 2-3 weeks for your order.

*All books and novels are copyright protected, which means that copying this book for use in your classroom is not permitted.

Author: Margarita Pérez García
Year of publication: 2020
Number of pages: 75, including glossary
ISBN: 9780995121539
Illustrated: by Trish Donald
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