Icy Watermelon

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Juvenile Fiction. Latino/ Latina Studies. Part of the Arte Publico Press Pinata Book series, this wonderfully illustrated, bilingual children's book (Spanish/ English) is about the delights and felicity of eating watermelon, leading to happy family reminiscences. Written by Mary Sue Galindo, a mother, poet, and former teacher who saw a need for children's literature that would transmit the best aspects of her Hispanic cultural heritage. Illustrated by Pauline Rodriguez Howard.

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Overview

Juvenile Fiction. Latino/ Latina Studies. Part of the Arte Publico Press Pinata Book series, this wonderfully illustrated, bilingual children's book (Spanish/ English) is about the delights and felicity of eating watermelon, leading to happy family reminiscences. Written by Mary Sue Galindo, a mother, poet, and former teacher who saw a need for children's literature that would transmit the best aspects of her Hispanic cultural heritage. Illustrated by Pauline Rodriguez Howard.

When three generations of a family gather to eat watermelon, the grandparents reminisce about how the sweet fruit brought them together.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gr 2-This is a heartwarming story of three generations of one Hispanic American family gathered together on a summer night. As they sit on the porch enjoying icy cold watermelon, the grandparents tell stories and make up riddles to entertain the children. Beautiful and tenderly rendered pastel illustrations capture the love among the family members while portraying an average, modern-day Hispanic family. The Spanish text is rich in Mexican American texture and reads very naturally. Highly recommended for any library or bookstore serving Hispanics. M.O.B. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This charming family story oozes love, laughter and good memories on every page. Grandma has brought a surprise for her grandchildren. Through a riddle, the children discover that the surprise is fresh watermelon. As they share the juicy slices, Grandpa recounts how he and his father used to sell watermelon from the back of a truck in the neighborhood. One day, as they sold a melon to a young girl, her frisky dog jumped into the truck. A watermelon hit the ground and split open. Now she had to pay for two melons. But the event sparked a romance between the two young people, which eventually led to marriage. The soft, colored pencil illustrations give the reader an intimate look at a loving, happy, Hispanic family. The text is given in both Spanish and English and is cleverly separated by spot art showing the watermelons in the garden, then in slices and then as bites are taken, until all that is left are the rinds and seeds. This is a good example of how a simple anecdote from family history can lead to a wonderful story. 2001, Piñata Books, $14.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Marianne Mitchell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558853065
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,007,666
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.48 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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