Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin

Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin

by Duncan Tonatiuh
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin

Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin

by Duncan Tonatiuh


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Two cousins—one in the United States and one in Mexico—learn their lives aren’t so different in Dear Primo, a charming picture book from award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh.

A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book!

“Reinforces the sense that kids around the world are more alike than different.” —Booklist

“An excellent tool for explaining how cultures connect.” —School Library Journal

Meet Charlie and Carlitos. Charlie lives in America. Carlitos, his primo, lives in Mexico. Charlie takes the subway to school, plays basketball with his friends, and loves pizza. Carlitos rides his bicicleta to school and enjoys playing fútbol at recess, and his favorite meal is quesadillas.

Their lives appear different, but do Charlie and Carlitos have more in common than it seems?
  • Learn about Carlitos and his life in rural Mexico.
  • Learn what’s different about his daily life and what’s the same, compared to life in the United States.
  • Learn that kids everywhere can be very alike, even if their clothes, food, and homes are very different.
  • And more!
“Score! I just got a letter from my primo, my cousin. I live in America, but he lives in Mexico, where my family is from. Maybe someday we’ll meet.” Through excerpts of letters written back and forth, the two cousins learn that they have more in common than the boundaries of their lives, their communities, and their countries would suggest.

Through his artwork and story, Duncan Tonatiuh introduces young readers to a very timely idea—that community is larger than just neighborhoods and schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810938724
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 39,679
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 (toh-nah-tee-YOU) is an award-winning author-illustrator. He is both Mexican and American. He grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and graduated from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York City. His artwork is inspired by pre-Columbian art. His aim is to create images and stories that honor the past but are relevant to today’s people, especially children. His books include A Land of Books, Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns, and Separate Is Never Equal. He currently lives in San Miguel with his family but travels in the United States often.
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