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Children's LiteratureLupita longs for a kite like those she sees in the sky. But her mother says they cannot afford to buy one. To her surprise, her father suggests that they make one the way he used to when he was young. She helps gather the materials: light, strong sticks, thread, glue, scissors, and the colorful comics from the Sunday paper. Then she finds rags for the tail. Soon the kite is ready to fly. In her imagination she soars through the clouds with the kite. She finds it a bit frightening up there, so she is glad when her father brings her back to reality. Her wonder, however, remains. The full-page, naturalistic pastel drawings offer glimpses of our heroine's neighborhood along with the scenes from her flying adventure. Lupita seems a real youngster with an engaging, appealing personality. The few pictures of the kite-making, however, only suggest rather than detail the steps necessary for the construction. 2002, Piñata Books/Arte Público Press, Ages 4 to 7.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz