THE PLACE WHERE YOU LIVE / EL LUGAR DONDE VIVES by James Luna

THE PLACE WHERE YOU LIVE / EL LUGAR DONDE VIVES

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Age Range: 4 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

From enjoying tortillas and hot chocolate with their abuela to finishing a long day in their parents’ arms, two siblings explore the place where they live.

Through rhyming short stanzas ending with “here in the place where you live / aquí en el lugar donde vives,” Luna describes images that are distinctive of a small town and a close-knit community. Readers see children buying candy in the store across the street, playing in the park and in the baseball field, and sitting on their porch with their family. In these different scenarios, the children see themselves as members of their community and come to the realization that that whole community shares the place where they live. In this bilingual picture book, English text is presented first, followed by the Spanish text (which is a direct translation and loses its rhymed format). Text is laid out on the left side, with small vignettes separating the two languages. Colored-pencil illustrations are presented on the right side in a frame, like snapshots that capture each moment in these children's lives.

A lighthearted celebration of a child’s sense of place and belonging. (Bilingual picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-55885-813-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Piñata Books/Arté Público
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2015




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