Say Something, Pericoby Trudy Harris, Cecilia Rebora
P-p-p-paaak! Perico the parrot has something to say. But when he asks for agua, his new owner brings him to the opera. When he says he feels mal, another new owner takes him to the mall. Will he ever find someone who understands him?
Bored with a parrot's life in a pet store, Spanish-speaking Perico wants a permanent home.
The pet store man assures a female customer that Perico "can saysomewords." After the birds's unsuccessful attempt at "Polly wants a cracker," though, the woman turns to leave in disgust. Perceptive readers may notice that Perico squawks "Agua!" to call attention to his empty water dish. The pet store man convinces the female customer that Perico is attempting to say the word "opera," and she buys the bird. Things don't go well when she takes Perico to the opera that evening, and she returns him. The pet store man tells Perico that he'll have to learn some phrases if he wants a new home, giving him "I am fine today" as an example. The bird stays up that night practicing the phrase. After two other failed attempts, a little Latino boy and his mother visit the store, and Perico uses all of his new phrases to impress the boy. The boy ignores the bird completely until Perico starts squawking in fluent Spanish. The bilingual boy immediately wants the bird, who speaks Spanish and English just as he does. Rébora's humorous illustrations and the happy ending help balance the mostly clueless, often rude adults in the book.
A welcome, if a little long, tale of belonging and bilingualism. (Spanish glossary)(Picture book. 4-8)
Meet the Author
Trudy Harris writes books that both educate and entertain. She has written a number of successful math concept books, including: Pattern Bugs, 20 Hungry Piggies, Jenny Found a Penny, The Clock Struck One, and Tally Cat Keeps Track. Trudy loves reading picture books to her grandchildren and to her students at Temple View Elementary in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Cecilia Rébora studied Illustration at the Jopes Serra I Abella school of arts aplicades in Barcelona, Spain. She worked for the interactive children's museum of Guadalajara for a year, and since 2001 she has been working as a freelance children's illustrator. Cecilia has published approximately 30 books in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Korea, and United States. She divides her time doing the two things she loves most in lifeplaying with her two babies, Mateo and Ines, and illustrating children's books!
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This book would be useful for students who are not native speakers in the classroom. It may give them a confidence boost and a good laugh on the side. Great illustrations and story line. Every student can take something away from it!