Bilingual toddler inspires kids magazine in Spanish
The Arizona Republic
May. 24, 2005
Christianne Meneses Jacobs worked on student newspapers in school, earned a
degree in political science and became a teacher.
But it wasn't until her young daughter, Isabelle, became interested in sounds
and words that Jacobs took on the title of publisher, too.
Earlier this month, the first 32-page issue of her Spanish-language children's
magazine, Iguana, was published. Jacobs, 34, and her husband, Marc, a graphic
artist and designer, produce the bimonthly magazine at their Scottsdale home,
using text and images from freelance writers and photographers.
Three-year-old Isabelle was their inspiration.
"She's growing up bilingual, and it's very difficult to find written material
for children in Spanish," said Jacobs, a native of Nicaragua who teaches
second-graders at Garfield School in Phoenix. "I've talked to a lot of parents
and librarians, and they all agree that children do have to learn English, of
course, but they also need to retain their Spanish as far as their culture and
heritage go. There was nothing in Spanish for the kids."
Iguana is modeled after Highlights for Children, in that it has no advertising.
"We want it to be respected," said Jacobs, who is privately financing the
The inaugural issue contains stories about camels and prisms, cartoons and word
searches, a recipe, fiction, poetry and more.
Iguana is available for $5.25 at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock
Drive in Tempe, and online at www.iguanamagazine.com. The one-year subscription
price is $29.95 for six issues.
Reach the reporter at (602) 444-8998.