Children
Jan/Mar 2005
The Crow

Mother Fox and Mr. Coyote / Mama Zorra y Don Coyote

Mis abuelos y yo / My Grandparents and I

A School Named for Someone Like Me / Una escula con un nombre como el mio

Waiting for Papa


Title: The Crow
Author: Edith Tarbescu
Illustrator: various
Publisher and/or Distributor: Franklin Watts
Publisher Website: www.publishing.grolier.com
Pages: 64
ISBN: 0-531-16470-5
Price: $8.95
Publishing Date: 2000
Reader: Bob Spear
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This is an excellent juvenile social/historical commentary on the Crow Indians. These plains Native Americans, currently residing in South Eastern Montana, fought long and hard to protect their land holdings from rival tribes and the White Man. They ended up staying in the heart of their once-vaster territory by compromising with the government, serving as scouts in campaigns against their traditional enemies.

The author has coupled an easily understood text with excellent graphic images and maps to give young students a clearer idea of who these people are. We rated this book four hearts.

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Title: Mother Fox and Mr. Coyote / Mama Zorra y Don Coyote
Author: Victor Villasenor
Illustrator: Felipe Ugalde Alcantara
Publisher and/or Distributor: Pinata Books
Publisher Website: www.artepublicopress.com
Pages: 32
ISBN: 1-55885-428-2
Price: $14.95
Publishing Date: Nov 2004
Reader: Bob Spear
Rating:

This bilingual picture book tells a well known Hispanic and Indian folk tale about how mother fox saved her babies from Mr. Coyote and ended up watching over all children from the moon. As always, this is an excellent tool for teaching language as well as cultural understanding. We rated it a solid four hearts.

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Title: Mis abuelos y yo / My Grandparents and I
Author: Samuel Caraballo
Illustrator: D. Nina Cruz
Publisher and/or Distributor: Pinata Books
Publisher Website: www.artepublicopress.com
Pages: 32
ISBN: 1-55885-407-X
Price: $14.95
Publishing Date: 2004
Reader: Bob Spear
Rating:

This age 3-7 picture book illustrates the close, loving relationship between a little Puerto Rican boy and his grandparents. Set as a rhyming poem in Spanish with a very close rendition in English, this book is a wonderful illustration of the universality of family. The pictures are especially detailed and colorful, showing an environment many in the United States have not had a chance to experience. We rated this fine book five hearts.

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Title: A School Named for Someone Like Me / Una escula con un nombre como el mio
Author: Diana Dávila Martίnez
Illustrator: Anthony Accardo
Publisher and/or Distributor: Piñata Books
Publisher Website: www.artepublicopress.com
Pages: 63
ISBN: 1-55885-334-0
Price: $7.95
Publishing Date: 2001
Reader: Bob Spear
Rating:

This bilingual book tells the story of a young Hispanic man who exemplified kindness and concern for others all his life. He rose from a working class home to become brilliant young lawyer for the people. After an untimely drowning death, an elementary school in his old neighborhood is renamed after him. The story is told through the author’s eyes as a young girl. The use of both an English and a Spanish version on the same page will be helpful to students trying to learn the other language. The story of this fine young man’s life and the people he helped is touching. The fact that he was Hispanic makes him important as a role model for both Hispanic and Anglo youth. We rated it five hearts.

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Title: Waiting for Papa
Author: Rene Colato Lainez
Illustrator: Anthony Accardo
Publisher and/or Distributor: Pinata Press
Publisher Website: www.artepublicopress.com
Pages: 32
ISBN: 1-55885-403-7
Price: $14.95
Publishing Date: Nov 2004
Reader: Bob Spear
Rating:

This 3-7 picture book touchingly illustrates the problems families split by necessity and immigrating to the US have bringing loved one here through the legal immigration system. A little boy misses his father who was left behind in El Salvador so very much. His writing a letter to his father as a school assignment starts many wheels of fate rolling. He finds himself reading his letter on a radio program dedicated to an immigrant audience. A friendly immigration lawyer hears the program and calls to say he will help bring the boy’s father to the US The boy starts collecting empty soda cans to help raise money for a present for his father. His whole class joins in to help, collecting $80 to buy his father new work boots. At last, the father arrives to join his family.

The author, an El Saladoran migrant himself, teaches us that families should be together and love one another. This book teaches us children can be resourceful and can bring about important things in their lives if they work hard enough and get the right kind of help. We rated it five hearts.

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