Pepita on Pepper Street/Pepita En La Calle Pepper

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The intrepid Pepita is back with another entertaining tale for children about making new friends

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 ...

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Overview

The intrepid Pepita is back with another entertaining tale for children about making new friends

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mandy Cruz
The usually-happy Pepita was unhappy as she looked at her new street. The familiar places that she loved—her Tia Rosa's house, the grocery store on the corner, the tortilleria—were not on her new street. Pepita lamented to her mother about all of the new people and places on this new street. Unsure how she would get used to it all she was sure that she did not like this new street. When the neighbors passed Pepita's house, they greeted her as the new girl. Pepita coolly replied that they were new, not her. Pepita's mother urged Pepita to give them a fair chance. She tried to consider it, but thoughts of her old street overtook her and occupied her dreams. While walking her dog the next day, Pepita passed all of the neighbors that passed her house. She tried to hide behind various shrubs and bushes but her dog pulled her into view. Before she knew it, Pepita was having a conversation with her new neighbors—and enjoying it. Pepita teaches kids that change can be a good thing if they give it a fair chance. Reviewer: Mandy Cruz
Kirkus Reviews

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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558854437
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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