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Pepita is almost always happy. But she isn't today. She's not happy because everything is different on her new street. There's no familiar grocery store on the corner, and no tortilla shop squeezed right next to it. Tía Rosa's house isn't down the street, and worst of all, her best friend Sonya no longer lives ...
Pepita is almost always happy. But she isn't today. She's not happy because everything is different on her new street. There's no familiar grocery store on the corner, and no tortilla shop squeezed right next to it. Tía Rosa's house isn't down the street, and worst of all, her best friend Sonya no longer lives right next door. Pepita is definitely not happy about her move to Pepper Street.
But her dog Lobo doesn't mind the new neighborhood, and in fact, he likes the new smells he encounters as Pepita walks him up and down the street. He even wags his tail at the new people they meet: Mrs. Green, who wears a straw hat while weeding her rose garden; Mrs. Becker, who paints the pepper trees, and her dog, Blackie; and José, the mailman, who hopes Lobo won't bite him. Soon, Pepita realizes that her father's suggestion-"the best way to stop feeling new is to get to know people"-is good advice. And when a girl with bright red hair named Katie Ann comes by to visit, Pepita learns that making new friends isn't so hard after all.
This colorful bilingual picture book focuses on the tough transition that many kids make: adjusting to a new neighborhood and making new friends. Readers ages 3 to 7 will root for plucky Pepita as she learns to like life on Pepper Street.
Pepita is lonely and unhappy about living on a new street. She translates her misery to rudeness when the neighborly old lady, the blonde woman from down the street and the mailman all introduce themselves by asking Pepita if she is new; Pepita's response is always the same: "No, I'm not, you're the one who's new because I've never seen you before." When finally Katie Ann, the little girl whom Pepita saw on her first day in the neighborhood, returns from a visit with her grandmother, Pepita is pleased to accept this peer as a new friend and boasts of how she's been "visiting" with the neighbors. The lengthy, well-translated bilingual text and Pardo DeLange's detailed, cartoon-style paintings of a Latino family living on an American suburban street bring out the essence of the story. Its message, of the importance of coping with the stress of moving by finding new friends, is flawed, however, with its portrayal of a protagonist who persists in her insolence. The lack of a positive model will make explanation and discussion necessary. (Picture book. 5-7)