Books by Ina Cumpiano

QUINITO, DAY AND NIGHT / QUINITO, DÍA Y NOCHE by Ina Cumpiano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

Quinito—of Quinito's Neighborhood (2005)—returns with a plethora of opposites as he escorts readers through his family's bilingual activities with Mami, Papi, little sister Clara and brother Juan. Readers learn his parents/padres have long hair/pelo largo, he has short hair/pelo corto, and hermanita Clara has almost no hair/casi no tiene pelo. While Quinito, Juan and Clara are young/jovenes, Grandpa and Grandma are old/son viejos. Some are neat/ordenado and some are messy/desordenado. Bold, bright double-page gouaches on textured canvas illustrate this cocoa-skinned Latino family inside and outside their home playing, working, reading, eating and finally retiring after a typical day. A dual text of English above an equally matched Spanish version will have preschoolers relating to the familiarity of Quinito's day and night activities, while children in a bilingual environment will appreciate the opposing features of each in two familiar languages. A glossary of bilingual terms summarizes all contrasting concepts. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
QUINITO’S NEIGHBORHOOD/EL VECINDARIO DE QUINITO by Ina Cumpiano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Not so much a story as a small boy's introduction of his family members and neighbors, recounted as he makes his way down the street to school. Quinito's neighborhood includes signs in both English and Spanish, lots of small independent businesses and plenty of people who don't subscribe to traditional gender roles, including his father the nurse and his mother the carpenter. At every stop, Quinito knows someone and is sure of his welcome. Ramírez's acrylic-on-canvas paintings feature strong outlines, suggestive of woodcuts, exaggeratedly prominent faces and rich, darkly shaded colors. Not an essential purchase, but this will prove useful even so in curricular settings, when teachers and librarians are presenting units on community helpers and extended families. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >