Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
It's party time with the beguiling babes of this charming picture book. Little ones will love marching, singing and cha-cha-cha-ing along with this simple rhyme and chanting the occasional Spanish wordsbesos, coronas, abrazoswhich are defined in the back. Illustrator Amy Cordova extends author Carmen Tafolla's playful theme with vibrant depictions of a loving Hispanic family, neighborhood friends and bouncy little dog. The book gives non-Spanish speakers a chance to hear and say Spanish words while celebrating Hispanic culture for those growing up in it. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS—Short lines of bouncy, rhyming text describe how several adorable, chubby babies and toddlers participate in their local Hispanic celebration. For instance, "Fiesta Babies march on parade/wearing coronas Mamá has made." These lines of text stand alone on a page, embellished with the detail of a gaily decorated lamppost that echoes the street scene opposite. The length and rhythm of the text make this book an excellent choice for toddler and preschool storytimes. Córdova once again demonstrates how her award-winning style brilliantly brings an author's words to life. Her bold acrylic colors and brisk brushstrokes capture the fiesta's energy and good cheer. The images of sombreros, serapes, and papel picado are firmly rooted in Mexican culture, and the artist shows black, brown, and white babies celebrating this fiesta together. A short glossary explains the Spanish words in a child-friendly context. For example, the definition for beso (kiss) adds that babies often are taught to blow little kisses, or besitos. This is a sweet, simple book, and its simplicity contributes to its excellence as well as its charm.—Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
Celebrations should be part of every baby's life. This Latino rhyming romp finds families rejoicing with town outings, outdoor strolls, abuelo sing-a-longs, playtime and naptime. Each merry scenario springs from Hispanic culture and is sprinkled with Spanish vocabulary. "Fiesta Babies march on parade / wearing coronas Mama has made. // Fiesta Babies dip right in- / salsa out and salsa in!" Cordova's deep, saturated acrylics in primary colors paint a rainbow of babies from light-tan to deep-brown complexions. Playing in the grass, riding a toy train, enjoying a party or playing musical instruments, these little guys are having a wonderful time. And when all is said and done, "Fiesta Babies give besos so small, / and great big abrazos to one and to all," sharing their love with kisses and hugs. A cheerful, energetic party for little ones. (Picture book. 18 mos.-3)
From the Publisher
Review, Washington Parent, June 1, 2010:
"It's party time with the beguiling babes in this charming picture book.... depictions of a loving Hispanic family, neighborhood friends and bouncy little dog."
Review, Kirkus Reviews:
"A cheerful, energetic party for little ones."
Read an Excerpt
Fiesta Babies go out on the town—right-side up and upside down!
Fiesta Babies march on parade wearing coronas Mamá has made.
Fiesta Babies dip right in—salsa out and salsa in!