F is for Fiesta

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From adornos (decorations) going up all over the house, biscochitos (cupcakes) baking in the oven, and a special treat of churros (doughnut sticks) for breakfast, this can only be the beginning of a fabulous cumpleaños (birthday)! As the alphabet continues, the story highlights fun elements of a boy’s never-ending birthday celebration, including entries for ch, ll, ñ, and rr that make this a truly Latino ABC fiesta.

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Overview

From adornos (decorations) going up all over the house, biscochitos (cupcakes) baking in the oven, and a special treat of churros (doughnut sticks) for breakfast, this can only be the beginning of a fabulous cumpleaños (birthday)! As the alphabet continues, the story highlights fun elements of a boy’s never-ending birthday celebration, including entries for ch, ll, ñ, and rr that make this a truly Latino ABC fiesta.

Clever verse and exuberant illustrations make the meaning of each Spanish word clear, and an author’s note explains the difference between the English and Spanish alphabets.

A rhyming book that outlines the preparations for and celebration of a young boy's birthday, with Spanish words for each letter of the alphabet translated in a glossary.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Elya may have tried to do a bit too much in this small volume. She has written an alphabet book in rhymed couplets with a Spanish word relating to a birthday party for each letter, as she tells the story of the party. Some of the Spanish letters don't begin the words; sometimes it's a stretch to fit the words into the story. The party is a jolly one, however, and a good way to introduce many Spanish words. The glossary, with pronunciations and definitions; the Spanish alphabet; and a note on the language introduce the story. For the participants, Karas provides cartoon characters, which are simply drawn and natural in color; they reinforce both the action and the educational component of the book. The appealing visual action of objects and characters set clearly against different colored backgrounds makes for a merry, upbeat cross-cultural celebration. 2006, G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This story of a Hispanic boy's birthday party starts with "A is for adornos (decorations) hung up by Pap ." and ends with "Z is for zorro (fox) from Dad with a kiss." A glossary at the book's beginning helps with the pronunciation and meaning of the Spanish words. Unfortunately, the rhyming couplets not only sound strained and awkward, but they also omit the definite articles. Karas's illustrations definitely set the mood with reds, greens, purples, yellows, pinks, and oranges that are bright and bold but never garish. They also do a good job of giving clues to the meaning of the Spanish words.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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The team that brought readers Oh, No, Gotta Go! (2003), with its seamless weaving of Spanish into English and its richly colored illustrations featuring big heads and little bodies, returns with a birthday story in the form of an alphabet book. The strictures of the form almost necessarily rein in the wild invention of the earlier offering, but Elya's latest is still far more fluid and vibrant than most alphabet titles. Employing the Spanish alphabet, with "extra" letters ch, ll, - and rr, and expanding her verses to accommodate additional narrative elements, Elya covers both the preparations for the party and the party itself, with its distinctly Latino flavor. The Spanish is mostly confined to the alphabet words that are explained by context, a glossary that precedes the story and the illustrations. Karas employs flat backgrounds, upon which the characters move and the toys, furnishings and food are highlighted. Seen simply as a birthday story, this is fluid and appealing, but not essential. As an alphabet book incorporating the Spanish language and Latino culture, however, it shines. (Picture book. 2-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399242250
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/16/2006
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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