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Let Me Help!/Quiero ayudar!
     

Let Me Help!/Quiero ayudar!

by Alma Flor Ada, Angela Domínguez (Illustrator)
 

"Let me help! Let me help!" Perico learns this phrase from little Martita, who's been saying it a lot lately. When the whole family scrambles to prepare for Cinco de Mayo, Perico knows there must be some way he can help — even if he is just a parrot. Perico tries to help abuela make delicious tamales. He tries to help craft beautiful paper

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"Let me help! Let me help!" Perico learns this phrase from little Martita, who's been saying it a lot lately. When the whole family scrambles to prepare for Cinco de Mayo, Perico knows there must be some way he can help — even if he is just a parrot. Perico tries to help abuela make delicious tamales. He tries to help craft beautiful paper flowers for the barge his family will take down the San Antonio river. He even tries to help the boys practice their mariachi number on the porch. But at every turn Perico is shooed away, until he finally figures out how he can add to the Cinco de Mayo fun. Acclaimed children’s book author Alma Flor Ada's tale is the story of every young reader who has been told he or she is too little or too young to help. Angela Domínguez's vibrant paintings glow with the rich colors of the southwest. Let Me Help!/¡Quiero ayudar! is a joyful, rhythmic, read-aloud you can celebrate year-round.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—After escaping from his cage, Perico, a parrot, sees his family preparing for a Cinco de Mayo celebration and wants to be part of the excitement. He volunteers to help make tamales, reciting a line he learned from little Martita: "Let me help! Let me help!" His offers are repeatedly brushed away by family members as they make paper flowers and pan dulce and practice their trumpets. Discouraged, Perico follows the family's barge and watches as its topmost decoration hits a bridge and falls into the San Antonio River. At that moment, he perches atop the barge and saves the day as only he can. The vibrant and festive colors used throughout invite readers into the celebration, and the images are true to the people they portray. The bilingual text is fluid in both Spanish and English, and the subject is sure to spark interest in the holiday. With this story, Ada reminds children that good intentions are the best help that anyone can offer.—Roberto Zapata, San Antonio Public Library, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Like a young child eager to help, Perico, the parrot, is excited about the upcoming Cinco de Mayo preparations and repeatedly cries, "Let me help! / ?Quiero ayudar!"-a phrase learned from his family's youngest child, Martita. So whatever the activity-as Abuela and Tia Lupe make tamales, Elena and mother fashion paper flowers, Lupita and Carmen prepare for the folklorico dance, Antonio and Francisco practice their mariachi piece and Don Martin bakes pan dulce-Perico's offer to help is either ignored or actively rebuffed by the very busy family. What can a parrot really do to help? Once the celebration begins, Perico flies across the city watching the festivities, and when his family's extravagantly decorated barge loses its top-most decoration as it passes under the bridge, Perico perches on top with wings spread wide to replace the fallen flowers as the barge continues elegantly down the river. Dominguez's vigorous paint strokes in bold aquas, greens and blues that stand out against the dusty backdrop vibrantly complement this bilingually told story about the Latino fiesta. (Picture book. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892392322
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Edition description:
Spanish-English Language Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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