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CriticasK-Gr 3-Zippy illustrations reminiscent of 1950s' and 1960s' advertising art combine with a brisk and amusing story to create a gem of a book especially appealing for students struggling to learn English. Josephine emigrated from Naples, Italy, to the Bronx of 1955, sharing her classroom with students from Puerto Rico, China, even Jupiter, Florida. When it is her turn to tell about her earlier life, she misunderstands the teacher and describes her visit to a farm, where she got a little too acquainted with both a pig and a cow, and ended up in a river. The story, haltingly presented in Josephine's broken English (rendered here in Spanish), reflects the child's zest for life and is sure to draw young readers and listeners in with its humor. They will also love and sympathize with Josephine's ignorance of certain words-helpfully supplied by the teacher-and her inability to conjugate her verbs correctly. Endearing and winsome, this title is recommended for every children's library and bookstore, for display and hand-selling.
—Coop Renner, Fairmeadows Elementary, Duncanville, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.