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Children's LiteratureDole tells the story of Rosario and Chavi, two can-do friends who realize a way to help Rosario's sister, Lazarita, have a quinceanero bash and raise money for their local homeless shelter. The dynamic duo organize a street party by pitting two neighbors against each other in a friendly cooking rivalry, convincing another neighbor to donate a cake, and seeking donations from local grocers. Of course, these plans are a secret from Lazarita, who believes she will not have a fifteenth-birthday bash because her father is unemployed. Everything goes swimmingly until the girls realize the night before that they have forgotten to secure a permit to close the street. Rosario's father tells her and Chavi that it will be impossible to obtain a permit so late. But Chavi insists that if she talks to the mayor, he will give her the permit. But the mayor can do nothing. It seems that Rosario's and Chavi's work was wasted, but the next day the girls discover a street party happening all on its own. The neighbors have carried out the duo's plans. Lazarita is thrilled, and the mayor appears to applaud the girls' philanthropic spirit. Dole's narrative entertains —though Rosario and Chavi are not very distinct personalities—and creates a picture of neighborhood unity. Unfortunately, Tonel's illustrations are cartoonish and grotesque. This book is part of the "Chavi" series and useful in teaching teamwork and initiative. 2004, Children's Book Press, Ages 6 to 8.