Victoria's mother was born in Brazil, but she and her daughter live in London. Now it's time for a visit to the country where Mom grew up. From a coffee farm to a saint's day procession, from a street children's shelter to a huge family barbeque, Victoria learns about her mother's country and enjoys getting to know her large Brazilian family. Using vibrant photographs and a first-person narrative based on the fresh perceptions of a child, Victoria Goes to Brazil stimulates young imaginations by showcasing the ...
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Victoria's mother was born in Brazil, but she and her daughter live in London. Now it's time for a visit to the country where Mom grew up. From a coffee farm to a saint's day procession, from a street children's shelter to a huge family barbeque, Victoria learns about her mother's country and enjoys getting to know her large Brazilian family. Using vibrant photographs and a first-person narrative based on the fresh perceptions of a child, Victoria Goes to Brazil stimulates young imaginations by showcasing the unfamiliar yet fascinating food, clothing, customs, and culture of this colorful and diverse country.
Victoria is headed for Brazil, where her mother was born, to meet her relatives. It is a long journey from London but also a very exciting one. Victoria has family who meet her in San Paulo which from the picture looks like New York City with plenty of high-rise buildings. From there she goes to several different areas, including Ilha Belola by ferry where she stays in a lovely home. Readers will see that houses look like those in the southern part of the U.S. and also learn about some of the foods that people eat—fresh fruits, pastries filled with meat and cheese, and refreshing fresh fruit juices. (The book even has a recipe for Pastel Calpira with a variety of fillings.) One picture shows the old way of making cassava flour. Some of Victoria's family live on a farm and she gets to feed the chickens. She visits a school and a home for children who have no families which her parents have been supporting. Along with Victoria, we sightsee in this southern area of Brazil and realize that her extended family is quite comfortable. One uncle even owns an airplane. When I first looked at the picture of Victoria on the cover, I was aware that her face did not look quite normal, but it was not until I read the information at the back of the book that I learned she has Down's Syndrome. It really does not matter because readers will enjoy her travels as much as she did. For those of us who have been to Brazil, the northern part and the Amazon area are quite different. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Victoria's Brazilian mum brings her from the United Kingdom to Brazil to meet family and friends. Victoria simply and enthusiastically narrates as she lands in Sao Paolo and continues her journey throughout Parana State and other nearby towns. Occasional words and phrases sound adult, but these won't stop young children from exploring the sharp, engaging photos, filled with people, local foods, animals and family parties. Victoria's aunts, uncles, cousins and friends are from many walks of life and ethnic groups in Brazil; Cousin Mayumi is half-Brazilian and half-Japanese, and Victoria's great-grandmother is a Tupi-Guarani Indian from southern Brazil. The little girl visits urban houses and a small farm, or cachara, a fishing community and a school, where she shows off her English and participates in capoeira. Only in a small paragraph at the end do readers (probably only alert adults) find out that Victoria has Down Syndrome, so, while this photo essay is similar to others about life in different countries, it distinguishes itself by nicely demonstrating informal inclusion. (glossary, index, map, recipe, Internet resources) (Informational picture book. 5-8)