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Juanita

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Originally published in 1948 and the recipient of a Caldecott Honor, Juanita captures the atmosphere of Olvera Street, the historic Latino community in downtown Los Angeles. Juanita's parents own a small shop, or puesto, which they have named after her, and one very much like those that line Olvera Street to this day. They sell brightly colored baskets, dresses, and fine lacework-all handmade. For her fourth birthday, Juanita is dressed in a beautiful rose-colored gown and is ...
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Originally published in 1948 and the recipient of a Caldecott Honor, Juanita captures the atmosphere of Olvera Street, the historic Latino community in downtown Los Angeles. Juanita's parents own a small shop, or puesto, which they have named after her, and one very much like those that line Olvera Street to this day. They sell brightly colored baskets, dresses, and fine lacework-all handmade. For her fourth birthday, Juanita is dressed in a beautiful rose-colored gown and is given a white dove.

On the day before Easter, Juanita takes her dove to the Old Mission Church for the annual Blessing of the Animals, along with SeƱora Carmela, who brings her burro, and Carlos, the leader of the procession, who brings his cow decked out in gardenias!

Through his charming illustrations and text, Leo Politi captures the age-old traditions of birthdays and Easter in Los Angeles' Latino community. Music and lyrics for a Mexican birthday song and a lullaby are also included, making this a delightful introduction for young children to one of the many cultures that makes up Los Angeles and the nation.

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Juanita lives with her mamacita and papacita on Olvera Street in old Los Angeles. Like many of her neighbors, Juanita's parents owned a small puestos from which they sold pretty handmade dresses and bright colored baskets. On her fourth birthday Juanita celebrated at a festive party with all of her neighbors. Her mother made her a lace-trimmed rose-colored dress and from her father she received a little dove. Juanita lovingly cared for the little bird and on the Sunday before Easter, dressed in her finest, she paraded with her friends to the Old Mission Church for the annual Blessing of the Animals. Cats and dogs, burros and birds, lambs and rabbits all walked in silence to the soft tunes played on a harp. That night Juanita's mother sang a gentle lullaby as the little girl fell asleep and dreamed of the joyous Easter Sunday to come. First published in 1948, this reissue of the Caldecott Honor book is as pertinent today as it was sixty-one years ago. The Los Angeles Mexican community still thrives as do many other such communities across this nation and priests still bless the animals. This happy celebration honors their culture and traditions. Music and lyrics for the birthday song and lullaby are included. Politi's illustrations have the warm patina of age and invoke nostalgia for a simpler time. For a new generation of children this classic is still a must. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892369911
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 502,541
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Leo Politi wrote and illustrated dozens of children's books, many of which are set in the Latino communities of Southern California. He won the Caldecott Medal for his book Song of the Swallows, first published in 1948.

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