DEAR PRIMO by Duncan Tonatiuh

DEAR PRIMO

A Letter to My Cousin
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

In a story based on the author’s childhood experiences, two cousins, Charlie and Carlitos, exchange letters. Charlie lives in the United States; his primo Carlitos lives in Mexico. They both write about the friends, games, foods, fiestas and holidays they know. Like the characters in “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” their lives are very different. But readers will discover that there are more than differences. There is something that unifies them: They both wish to meet each other someday. What sets this title apart are Tonatiuh’s outstanding full-page illustrations, reminiscent of the aesthetic and style of the Mixtec codices. His clever use of colors, Mayan blue and Indian red for the Mexican setting and a variety of grays, blacks and browns mixed with bright colors for the U.S. urban scenes, the varying typefaces used on each side of the story and the inclusion of Spanish terms in Carlitos’s letter all contribute to differentiate both cultural experiences but make them at the same time positive, attractive and special. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8109-3872-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Abrams
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2010




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