Rowdy, Rowdy Ranch/Alla en El Rancho Grande

Rowdy, Rowdy Ranch/Alla en El Rancho Grande

by Ethriam Cash Brammer, D. Nina Cruz

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Children's Literature
Tito 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
Kirkus Reviews
Brammer's nostalgic tale, a grown-up's remembrance of a boyhood trip to his grandparents' ranch, zeroes in on the excitement of encountering an unknown place for the first time and of enjoying a family reunion full of cousins, aunts, and uncles. Family stories-of buying the ranch "for a song," of eggs that gently roll down from the chickens' nests in a tree-are recounted with a nod and a wink, and the celebratory atmosphere of the barbecue supper and impromptu "jam session" of the men is warm and full of relaxed, summer happiness. Cruz's full-page, full-color illustrations face the text, with English above and Spanish below. The illustrations combine an almost photographic detail with an appealingly naif depth perception which makes some parts of the scene feel three-dimensional, while others are more typical. Likely to be especially useful in studies of family and rural life, as well as in comparisons of the ways in which students' families resemble and differ from Tito's large, expressive Latino family. (Picture book. 1-4)

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Arte Publico Press
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Edition description:
Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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