Children's LiteratureWhen their grandmother returned home from a trip to the market, Marta and Celia noticed a very special purchase: a real live rooster. With quick jerking motions, the rooster struts around the back yard and even seems to wink at the two girls. Once their grandmother goes inside, they quickly settle on a name for the rooster, Kiki, based on the sound it makes, Ki-ki-ri-k�. Just as the girls near the patio door, they overhear their grandmother describing the bird as Sunday dinner. Horrified, the lure the bird into a clothes basket with bread crumbs and set him up to live in their bedroom closet. It is not until the following morning, when Kiki does what roosters do best that the parents discover his location. Seeing the sad, sad eyes on their daughters' faces, they decide maybe the bird won't make such a good Sunday dinner after all. Within no time, Kiki has found a permanent home among the corn stalks of a ranch outside the city. This bilingual book will be a treat for all who love animals and all who are simply looking for a good story with a happy ending. 2004, Pi�ata Books/Arte P�blico Press, Ages 5 to 8.
Ramirose Attebury Wendt