PreS-Gr 3In this sequel to The Wedding of Don Octavio (Tambourine, 1993), Don Octavio is making adobe bricks so he can add a room to his house. While his wife snoozes in a hammock, the animals worry about the ``new creature'' for whom the room is being built, believing that they will be forgotten. Indeed, the next morning the two humans rush off with nary a goodbye, and the beasts sadly conclude that they were right. But when the couple returns with a beautiful baby, all rejoice in his birth. Children will relish figuring out the reason for the animals' jealousy, and those waiting for the arrival of new siblings are sure to be reassured. Line drawings shaded with watercolor and colored-pencils accent the humor. Daste, whose art is reminiscent of Tomie dePaola's work, conveys the animals' feelings with a few deft details. All in all, a satisfying continuation of this family's story.Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
Don Octavio and Dona Clarita have a full household--six animals to be exact, including a boa named Don Sinuoso. Why then is Octavio building a new room and Clarita knitting little garments? Children will catch on quicker than the household's animal residents, but they'll still enjoy following along as each animal reveals its anxious fears about being displaced by a new sibling. Little Alejandro's birth leads to a wonderful party, with fireworks, presents, and the sense that everything's going to be just fine. The pictures nicely juxtapose the tiny child against the bigger but fearful creatures, and the multicolored party scenes are filled with joy.