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Familia/Family
     

Familia/Family

by Diane Gonzales Gonzales Bertrand, Pauline R. Howard (Illustrator), Julia Mercedes Castilla (Translator)
 
In this refreshingly homespun bilingual story for children ages 5 to 9, the author of Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup/Caldo, caldo, caldo has written a heartwarming tale that children and adults will delight in sharing. Pauline Rodriguez Howard's soothing pastel illustrations, strengthen that enjoyment. Family, Familia will make a wonderful gift, opening young children's eyes

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In this refreshingly homespun bilingual story for children ages 5 to 9, the author of Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup/Caldo, caldo, caldo has written a heartwarming tale that children and adults will delight in sharing. Pauline Rodriguez Howard's soothing pastel illustrations, strengthen that enjoyment. Family, Familia will make a wonderful gift, opening young children's eyes to the little pleasures and blessings that come from knowing their extended family.

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Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
The text is in English followed by Spanish. Daniel has heard plenty of his father's boring stories about relatives in his extended Gonzalez family but his attitude changes when he accompanies his family to San Antonio for a huge reunion. There, among the lavish food tables, the mariachis playing Mexican songs, and the children breaking a piñata, Daniel makes a new friend with whom he trades candy and tosses the baseball around. When he also wins the raffle prize, a framed picture of his great-great-grandparents, he looks as if he'll eagerly look forward to the next gathering. Sharp eyes may note that Daniel's raffle ticket number shown in an earlier illustration doesn't match the later winning number. But that aside, Howard's warm and realistic colored pencil and watercolor illustrations show the various intermingled Gonzalez families joyfully celebrating, dancing, and chatting together in a park on a sunstruck day. All in all, a fine addition to the shelf of family celebration books and a good discussion starter about what families do for fun when they get together.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 In this bilingual picture book, Daniel Gonzalez goes to a family reunion in San Antonio, TX, expecting it to be dull. Instead, he finds himself enjoying a Tex-Mex feast, making a new friend in a cousin his age, and learning the importance of family. Spanish words and phrases are scattered throughout the English text, and vice versa. With rounded lines and muted tones, the realistically rendered, mixed-media illustrations accentuate the lighthearted mood of the story. Although his age is not mentioned, Daniel appears to be nine or ten-years-old. Since the gentle narrative lends itself to reading aloud, and the attractive, soft-focused illustrations are large enough for group viewing, this is a solid choice for storytime and classroom sharing. Denise E. Agosto, formerly at Midland County Public Library, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558852709
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition: Spanish/English
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,320,650
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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