Mama's Birthday Surprise

Mama's Birthday Surprise

by Elizabeth Spurr, Felipe Dávalos
     
 

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Pepe and his brother and sister love the stories about their legendary, faraway uncle Cesar. True, the stories do seem to change a bit each time Mama tells them. But Mama has always reassured them that if they are ever in trouble, wealthy Uncle Cesar will instantly come to their rescue with "a bushel basket of pesos."

When the kids concoct a plan to reunite Mama

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Pepe and his brother and sister love the stories about their legendary, faraway uncle Cesar. True, the stories do seem to change a bit each time Mama tells them. But Mama has always reassured them that if they are ever in trouble, wealthy Uncle Cesar will instantly come to their rescue with "a bushel basket of pesos."

When the kids concoct a plan to reunite Mama with her long-lost uncle, their mysterious family hero turns out to be the biggest (and best) surprise of all.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-An unusual, heartwarming story of a Mexican-American family's struggle to survive in California after the father's death. Mam instills good manners, thriftiness, and optimism in her children by always saying that someday they will visit their rich uncle Csar in Mexico. The book spans a good length of time, for the three children grow up and finally earn enough money to surprise Mam with a visit to Mexico. It is only then that she confesses that Uncle Csar died when the children were young, but she wanted to provide them with a sense of security. The family then visits their uncle's hacienda, which is now a government museum. By encouraging her children to become hard-working, self-reliant people, Mam had given them more than their uncle's money ever could have. The book has a distinctive Mexican Catholic flavor, and ends with a glossary of Spanish words that are used in the text. While this title is easy to read, the teenaged characters make it appropriate for the hi/lo shelves.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786811243
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Series:
Hyperion Chapters Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.23(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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