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RADIO MAN/DON RADIO by Arthur Dorros


by Arthur Dorros & illustrated by Arthur Dorros & translated by Sandra Marulanda Dorros

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-06-021547-X
Publisher: HarperCollins

 As Diego travels with his family looking for work--picking melons near Phoenix, cherries in California, apples in the Northwest--he tunes in to local stations, Spanish, English, or both; that's why his friend David, whom he hasn't seen since they picked cabbages on the Texas border, calls him ``Radio Man.'' When Diego relays a message through a call-in show in Washington, David hears it and they meet again. Dorros's colorful, simply drawn illustrations have a pleasing naivetÇ and include some nice details--Mama, glimpsed in the rearview mirror, dozing on an all- night drive; an owl nesting in a saguaro cactus while the family listens to ``the Night Owl'' on ``KKTS, Cactus radio.'' Both the Spanish and English texts here incorporate context-defined words from the other language, in the natural manner of those becoming more fluent. An upbeat but largely realistic picture of migrant life--and an entertaining boost to bilingualism. (Picture book. 4-8)