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SUNDAYS ON FOURTH STREET/LOS DOMINGOS EN LA CALLE CUATRO by Amy Costales

SUNDAYS ON FOURTH STREET/LOS DOMINGOS EN LA CALLE CUATRO

By Amy Costales (Author) , Elaine Jerome (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55885-520-5
Publisher: Piñata Books/Arté Público

It is Sunday, and a young Hispanic girl is getting ready to spend the day with her mother, Uncle Armando, Aunt Pilar and her cousins Pepe and Edgar on historic Fourth Street—calle Cuatro—in Santa Ana, Calif. They go window-shopping, ride the carousel, eat tacos, enjoy performances of folk dances, get haircuts and shop at the supermarket. At sunset they get back home, exhausted and ready to begin a new week. The story’s refrain, “It could be any Sunday on Fourth Street,” expresses a cultural tradition embraced by many Hispanic immigrants for years. Costales’s text in both English and Spanish reflects the child’s excitement, with a subtle nostalgic tone that is reinforced by Jerome’s melancholic watercolors. They beautifully depict the characters’ faces and skin tones but fail to represent the festive atmosphere of the populous street. Inquisitive children may notice that some of the images do not coincide with the text. Nevertheless, this is a great selection for bilingual storytimes on Mexican Americans. (Picture book. 5-8)