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No More Spanish (Get Ready for Gabi Series #3)

No More Spanish (Get Ready for Gabi Series #3)

by Marisa Montes, Joe Cepeda
     
 

Move over Dora the Explorer. Out of the way Junie B. Gabí está aquí! A school and family-based Little Apple series with a funny, spunky Latina main character--a wonderful first for Scholastic!

No way! Gabí* refuses to speak any more Spanish. EVER! She used to think being able to speak two languages was SO cool. But Spanish seems to be getting

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Move over Dora the Explorer. Out of the way Junie B. Gabí está aquí! A school and family-based Little Apple series with a funny, spunky Latina main character--a wonderful first for Scholastic!

No way! Gabí* refuses to speak any more Spanish. EVER! She used to think being able to speak two languages was SO cool. But Spanish seems to be getting her into a whole mess of trouble lately. Gabí mixes up her words, she gets made fun of, and she gets embarrassed in front of her friends. Now, it's strike three and Spanish is out!

No es problema, right? WRONG. Gabí is not allowed to speak English at home. It's a family rule and her mami won't back down. Now, Gabí has to hablar español or she'll get grounded for LIFE! She just doesn't have a choice…or does she?

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Kirkus Reviews
3/15/03

A third-grader of Puerto Rican descent, Gabi (the accent comes later) speaks Spanish at home and English at school. Her mother hates even the slightest hint of Spanglish–the mixing of Spanish and English–but as pressures mount at school and Gabi find it difficult not to lose her temper at Johnny, her classmate and nemesis, it seems she can do nothing but speak Spanglish. Lightweight, but firmly focused on the everyday trials and tribulations of the spunky Gabi–and told through her voice–this will appeal to lots of girls, especially Latinas, who are ready to move out of beginning reader and into their own chapter books. Both sentences and paragraphs are short and direct, and Gabi's narration includes plenty of kid-friendly dialogue, sometimes in Spanish or Spanglish, all of which is explained within the tale. Coupled with the sheer exuberance of Gabi's family, the narrative voice may have some crying “stereotype,” but a truer comparison would be with sitcoms such as George López and The Brothers Garcia. Cepeda, who also teamed with Montes on the picture-book folktale Juan Bobo Goes to Work (2002), here provides numerous black-and-white line illustrations, scattered throughout and often worked into the text block. Gabi's almost triangular haircut–reminiscent of an Egyptian sphinx's headdress–and the gleeful facial expressions of Johnny and Gabi's little brother Miguelito add to the generally “hyper” felling of the story itself. A glossary of Spanish terms is included. (fiction, 6-9)

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
June 2003
Recommended Reading Gr. 2-4

Third-grader Maritza Gabriela Morales Mercado (Gabí at home) has a problem–Johnny and Sissy, two of her least favorite people in her class, are her partners for a science report about strange and unusual animals. Johnny is a bully who teasers Gabí about her name, Sissy is a snob, and they can't agree on what animal to study. A surprise visit from her grandmother helps Gabí solve the problem: Her grandmother gives her a tape of the sounds of coquí, tiny Puerto Rican tree frogs. When Gabí plays it in class, even Johnny and Sissy agree they want to learn more about the strange and beautiful frogs. Since part of the resolution involves the importance of the accent over the I in “Gabí,” it's confusing that her name initially appears without it even in Gabí's own first-person narration, and some of the secondary characters are a bit flatly drawn. Gabí and her family are sketches with affectionate detail that makes them particularly attractive, however, and the text is energetic and bouncy, just like the amiable main character; the dialogue is an easy mix of English, Spanish, and Spanglish (a Spanish/English glossary is appended). The cast of characters is decidedly multicultural and the classroom dynamics are, while neat, believable. Short chapters, large typeface, and angular yet jolly line drawings by Cepeda add to the book's accessibility. This is a solid early chapter book (the first in a new series) that knows the audience it wants and reaches it with humor and flair. --JMD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439475228
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/02/2004
Series:
Get Ready For Gabi, #3
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Meet the Author


Marisa Montes was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and moved several times with her family throughout the rest of her childhood. At the age of four, her family moved to Missouri, then Toul, France when she was seven and eventually to California when she turned ten. It was in France, however, that Montes first discovered her love for literature and writing. There, she had no access to American television, so instead found entertainment through books. Literature made quite an impact on her, because as she explains, “Books are now my life.”

Montes was educated at University of California - Santa Cruz and then continued on in law school at University of California - Hastings College of Law. She practiced law for a few years, moved into legal publishing and then finally became a full time children's writer. Her diverse background has enabled her to write in a variety of genres, in several languages. She has written two mystery novels, Something Wicked's In Those Woods, A Circle of Time and two picture books, Juan Bobo Goes To Work and Egg-Napped! Her books have won several awards, including the 2003 WILLA Literary Award.

Her most recent project is the series Get Ready for Gabi! , published by Scholastic Inc. Illustrated by Joseph Cepeda, the series includes A Crazy Mixed Up Spanglish Day, Who's That Girl? , No More Spanish! , Please Don't Go! and All in the Familia. This series, praised as realistic fiction, demonstrates to children the wonders of bilingualism. Gabi is a funny, spunky Latin American protagonist that provides inspiration to children.

Marisa Montes currently lives in Northern California with her husband David.

Mr Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach in 1992 and also studied Engineering at Cornell University. He is the illustrator of awarding-winning picture books such as What a Truly Cool World and Nappy Hair.

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