Children's LiteratureTito knows his parents have a surprise trip planned for their family. What he doesn't know is where. After driving through the sunflowers of the country, Tito and his brothers realize they are about to see their grandfather's ranch for the first time. Playing in the corn fields with his cousins, hearing the story of how his grandfather bought the ranch with a song, riding pigs, and sneaking finger dips of mole from a pot in the kitchen, Tito fills his day with enough excitement to fill his night with sweet dreams of the ranch. Through creative phrasing and word combinations, the author presents a lighthearted tale that could come from the imagination of anyone who has ever hoped to see a ranch or from the memory of those who actually have. A full-page illustration accompanies every page of the text, and a smaller picture separates the two bilingual blocks of text on each page. This book subtly stresses the importance of family connections and would make an excellent conversation starter among children who have either experienced or dreamed about visiting a ranch. 2003, Pi�ata Books, Ages 5 to 8.
Ramirose Attebury Wendt