UNCLE'S NEW SUIT by Lisa Passen

UNCLE'S NEW SUIT

(A Sort of True Story)
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Drawing on real characters from her childhood, Passen tells a warmhearted story that is ``true, sort of.'' ``Back when there was only black-and-white television,'' she and her immediate family shared a house with Nana and Poppa, Uncle Angelo (a cop on the night-shift) and his rapidly growing brood, and Uncle Carmen, who comes home one day with terrific news: ``He gotta new job! Inna office! A suit job...No more he be a waiter!'' Despite Carmen's protestations (``I don't have enough money...''), the whole crew, with his fiancÇe and several more relatives, haul him down to Mr. Herbie's store, get him to try on a suit, pretend that he's won a free suit in a contest, and (while he's in the changing room) pool their resources (``Uh, I think I got a twenty here'') to pay for the suit. In the naive style she used in Fat, Fat Rose Marie (1991), Passen portrays these wonderfully ordinary people as cheerfully plain--an extended family of 21 Italian-Americans who can depend on each other. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-8050-1652-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1992




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