The Kite Festival

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One Sunday morning, Fernando Flórez, his parents, grandparents, and sister head to a random destination for an outing — San Vicente. When they arrive in the center of town, they see many people preparing for a kite festival. The Flórez family waste no time joining in the fun. Unfortunately, all the stores are closed, so buying a kite's out. But by using their ingenuity — along with found objects — they successfully put one together. Although they encounter some challenges along the way, they can always find a ...

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Overview

One Sunday morning, Fernando Flórez, his parents, grandparents, and sister head to a random destination for an outing — San Vicente. When they arrive in the center of town, they see many people preparing for a kite festival. The Flórez family waste no time joining in the fun. Unfortunately, all the stores are closed, so buying a kite's out. But by using their ingenuity — along with found objects — they successfully put one together. Although they encounter some challenges along the way, they can always find a solution with a little thinking. A surprise comes at the end of the day, with the mayor of San Vicente on hand to deliver it.

A warm family story set at a festival much like one Leyla Torres attended as a child in her native country of Colombia.

While on a Sunday outing, Fernando and his family encounter a kite festival and decide to create a kite from scrap materials so that they can join in.

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Publishers Weekly
Available in separate English and Spanish editions, The Kite Festival/El festival de cometas by Leyla Torres (Saturday Sancocho) recounts a family's chance Sunday outing to a town celebrating its annual kite festival. Arriving in San Vicente without a kite, Fernando and his grandfather must improvise and use a collection of unusual items to make one themselves. Soft, full-bleed watercolors capture the family working together as well as the atmosphere of the festival. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The extended Florez family is off for an adventure one Sunday morning. It is up to Fernando to decide where to drive to this week. Randomly choosing a spot on the map, Mama, Papa, Grandma, Grandpa, Fernando and Flora are off to San Vicente. They pack a picnic lunch; Grandma brings her knitting project, Fernando brings his paper and crayons, and Flora brings her pull-toy bear. As they wind their way down the mountain, San Vicente comes into view. Also in view are floating objects—it's a kite festival! Fernando did not remember to pack a kite. Ingenuity and creativity inspire Grandpa Felix to help build a kite for Fernando. Gentle watercolors convey the old world charm of a rural valley with lush mountains in the background, and there always seems to be a breeze—just right for flying kites. A nice precursor to the study of March winds or kite flying lessons. Following the text are instructions for making a hexagonal kite of your own. Though the instructions seem to be written for engineering students or an advanced Boy Scout, it is a great idea and worth attempting. 2004, Farrar Straus Giroux, Ages 4 to 8.
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K-Gr 3-Fernando and Grandpa Felix plan a Sunday outing by having the boy close his eyes and place his finger on a map. Then Mama packs a picnic lunch, Papa checks the gas tank, and the whole family piles into the car. When they reach their destination, San Vicente, they discover that a kite festival is underway. Fernando and his grandfather imaginatively put together a kite out of materials at hand, as each member of the family, from the boy's little sister to Grandma Felisa, contributes some vital part. At the end of the day, they are awarded a prize for the most original entry. The text is concise yet lyrical, and the soft watercolor illustrations enhance the gentle tone of the narrative. Tips on kite flying are embedded in the text. The book concludes with clear instructions for making a kite out of easy-to-find materials. Although not flashy, the book is quietly satisfying, and fills a gap in picture books with Hispanic characters.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374380540
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Leyla Torres is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Saturday Sancocho/El sancocho del sabado. She lives in Arlington, Vermont.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007

    When family sticks together, they can overcome anything

    At the last moment and without supplies to be had due to stores being closed, a family works together and haphazardly puts together a kite to enter a kite festival - and greatness come from it. Survival of the fittest, kid's style.

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