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From first-time Mexican author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh comes the story of two cousins, one in America and one in Mexico, and how their daily lives are different yet similar. Charlie takes the subway to school; Carlitos rides his bike. Charlie plays in fallen leaves; Carlitos plays among the local cacti. Dear Primo covers the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of two very different childhoods, while also emphasizing how alike Charlie and Carlitos are at heart. Spanish words are scattered among the English text, providing a wonderful way to introduce the language and culture of Mexico to young children.
Inspired by the ancient art of the Mixtecs and other cultures of Mexico, Tonatiuh incorporates their stylized forms into his own artwork.
F&P Level: M
F&P Genre: RF
|Publisher:||Abrams, Harry N., Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Lexile:||AD610L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||5 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He graduated from Parsons the New School for Design, where he studied writing and illustration. He divides his time between Mexico and New York City. This is his first picture book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dear Primo was such a cute book! I loved the way the author interchangeably used Spanish and English words when writing the cousin, Carlitos’, letters. It would be a great book to use to introduce a few Spanish words to someone who isn’t familiar with any. This book really captured how different, yet at the same time, similar two worlds can be. I felt like it covered a little bit of the everyday things we do in our lives that we may not realize could be so different in a different place. Duncan Tonatiuh’s artwork was so unique! It had its very own quirky and simple style to it. All the illustrations match the story so well. Each picture fit in with the letters from that of a child’s perspective. I thought it worked perfectly hand in hand with the story line.
This book is great to teach kids about culture, geography, and other Kindergarten and first grade concepts! It is a must get!