Fiesta Fiascoby Ethan Long, Ann Whitford Paul
There is another desert party in the works in this spicy companion book to Mañana, Iguana. This time it is Snake's birthday, and Iguana, Tortoise, and Rabbit are shopping for birthday gifts to bring to his fiesta. But what presents would they buy for Snake? In a sneaky twist, Rabbit convinces them to buy gifts that aren't for Snake at all-but for himself! With… See more details below
There is another desert party in the works in this spicy companion book to Mañana, Iguana. This time it is Snake's birthday, and Iguana, Tortoise, and Rabbit are shopping for birthday gifts to bring to his fiesta. But what presents would they buy for Snake? In a sneaky twist, Rabbit convinces them to buy gifts that aren't for Snake at all-but for himself! With a clever text, a spattering of Spanish vocabulary, and lively illustrations, this author-illustrator team presents quite the fiesta fiasco. Glossary included.
PreS - Gr 3 - The four friends from Mañana, Iguana(Holiday House, 2004)-Conejo (a rabbit), Iguana, Culebra (a snake), and Tortuga (a tortoise)-return for another adventure, this time to celebrate Culebra's birthday. Conejo convinces his pals to buy gifts according to his own taste, and not according to what their friend might like. Poor Tortuga ends up buying a shirt, Iguana gets a sombrero, and Conejo chooses a pair of pants. Conejo puts on each item as the snake explains that he can't use the clothes and the three friends finally figure out what the rabbit has done. They send him off without playing any party games like Pin the Tale on the Coyote and Musical Rocks. Conejo makes amends by returning with the gifts that Culebra really would like and the four reconcile. The text is peppered with Spanish words defined in a glossary in the front of the book. A fiery palette enlivens the simple cartoon artwork set in the desert. The scenes are fun to look at, such as the cacti sporting balloons as fiesta decorations and the boom box belting tunes. A welcome addition to most libraries.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CACopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
"A welcom additon."
"The characters of Manana, Iguana return in this humorous and entertaining tale."
Meet the Author
Ethan Long is a freelance illustrator who works in many different styles, including mixed media, linework, and airbrush. He illustrated "The Confessions and Secrets of Howard J. Fingerhut" by Esther Hershenhorn. He lives in Orlando, Florida. To learn more about Ethan, visit his Web site at www.ethanlong.com.
Ann Whitford Paul was a social worker before becoming a writer. Kirkus Reviews called her text for
Mañana Iguana “clever” and said it is “an excellent chance for young readers ... to learn some Spanish vocabulary.” Ann Whitford Paul writes poetry, picture books, and easy readers for children. Some of the picture books she wrote are "The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork," "All by Herself," and "Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet." She lives in southern California.
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