Rafi and Rosi: Carnival! (I Can Read Book 3 Series) by Lulu Delacre, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Rafi and Rosi: Carnival! (I Can Read Book 3 Series)
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Rafi and Rosi: Carnival! (I Can Read Book 3 Series)

by Lulu Delacre
     
 

The carnival has arrived! This magical Puerto Rican festival is full of sights and sounds to explore!

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The carnival has arrived! This magical Puerto Rican festival is full of sights and sounds to explore!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Rafi and Rosi, that delightful tree frog duo, are back in three short, easy to read stories centered around Carnival, Puerto Rico's annual pre-Lenten festival. Rafi, the older sibling, loves his little sister, but cannot help playing tricks on her. In the first story, he tells her she is sure to be chosen queen of the parade, knowing full well that she is too young. In the second he makes a periscope through which he watches the Carnival parade from inside the house, while telling Rosi he has x-ray eyes. And in the third he scares her with his terrible vejigante mask. Yet, in each case, Rafi either feels so bad that he makes amends, (he makes a float out of a little red wagon and pulls Rosi around the neighborhood in her own parade), or Rosi teaches him a lesson, (when she discovers that Rafi is behind the terrible vejigante mask, she purposely stays hidden until he shows remorse.) Fun, colorful cartoonlike illustrations provide the perfect accompaniment to the text. Scattered throughout are Spanish words and phrases, which are defined on the page immediately preceding the first story. And included in an addendum at the back is a "Did you know . . ." section which provides further information about Carnival, and instructions on how to make a wagon float, periscope, and vejigante mask. The integration of reading with social science and art instruction is the added touch which makes this book stand out from the typical early reader. 2006, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
—Pat Trattles
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This easy reader opens with a glossary of Spanish words. Each of the three stories centers on the relationship between two Puerto Rican tree frogs as they celebrate Carnival. In the first, Rafi casually assures Rosi that she could be chosen Queen of Carnival, and she is crushed when she is told that she's too young. Rafi then decorates his wagon and pulls her up and down their street in her very own parade. The other two stories concern the Carnival parade and the periscope Rafi uses to watch it, and Rosi's fear of the terrible vejigante masks. These frog siblings are mischievous, but it is clear that they love and appreciate one another. Their emotions and experiences are universal to childhood. The charming cartoon illustrations are integral to the amusing text. A concluding "Did You Know-" section has information as well as instructions for several crafts relating to the stories.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's carnival time in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and two tree frog siblings celebrate in their second outing. In each of three chapters, big brother Rafi indulges an interest while pulling a fast one over on Rosi. In the first, Rafi gains more time to create his carnival mask by encouraging Rosi to make a costume-since she's sure to win the contest for carnival queen. Inspired, Rosi gets to it, and before Rafi realizes, she's arrayed and off to the judge, only to find out that she's underage. She's crushed and Rafi, remorseful, decorates his old wagon as a carnival float. Now Rosi can be "queen for a day" in her very own parade. Delacre affectionately depicts the brief conflicts and abiding love between this busy duo, adding appealing watercolor illustrations. While Rafi is older and savvier, the verve with which Rosi approaches the panoply of childish emotions will jibe with kids fresh from such mastery themselves. Most Spanish words are seamlessly integrated, but the glossary's specific cultural information will require an adult's intercession, as will the appended activities. An appealing sequel. (Easy reader. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060735999
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/11/2008
Series:
I Can Read Book 3 Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lulu Delacre was born in Puerto Rico and her childhood there gave her the inspiration to create Rafi and Rosi. She studied art first at the University of Puerto Rico and later at L'Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques, in Paris, France. Now living in Maryland with her husband and daughter, Ms. Delacre delights in bringing her Latina heritage to life in books such as Arroz Con Leche; Shake It, Morena; and Salsa Stories.

Lulu Delacre nació en Puerto Rico, donde creció cazando lagartijas, haciendo dibujos y escuchando la canción nocturna del coquí. Estudió arte primero en la Universidad de Puerto Rico y luego en L’Ecole Supérieure D’Arts Graphiques, en París, Francia. Ahora vive en Maryland con su esposo y su hija. A Lulu Delacre le da mucha satisfacción crear cuentos en español y en inglés que celebran su herencia latina, como por ejemplo: Arroz Con Leche; Shake It, Morena; y Salsa Stories.

Lulu Delacre was born in Puerto Rico and her childhood there gave her the inspiration to create Rafi and Rosi. She studied art first at the University of Puerto Rico and later at L'Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques, in Paris, France. Now living in Maryland with her husband and daughter, Ms. Delacre delights in bringing her Latina heritage to life in books such as Arroz Con Leche; Shake It, Morena; and Salsa Stories.

Lulu Delacre nació en Puerto Rico, donde creció cazando lagartijas, haciendo dibujos y escuchando la canción nocturna del coquí. Estudió arte primero en la Universidad de Puerto Rico y luego en L’Ecole Supérieure D’Arts Graphiques, en París, Francia. Ahora vive en Maryland con su esposo y su hija. A Lulu Delacre le da mucha satisfacción crear cuentos en español y en inglés que celebran su herencia latina, como por ejemplo: Arroz Con Leche; Shake It, Morena; y Salsa Stories.

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