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AMELIA’S SHOW-AND-TELL FIESTA/AMELIA Y LA FIESTA DE “MUESTRA Y CUENTA” by Mimi Chapra

AMELIA’S SHOW-AND-TELL FIESTA/AMELIA Y LA FIESTA DE “MUESTRA Y CUENTA”

By Mimi Chapra (Author) , Martha Avilés (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: June 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-050255-X
Publisher: HarperCollins

Amelia, a young Cuban immigrant to the US, is so excited to think of the possibilities of her first “show-and-tell” experience that she doesn’t quite get the directions down; instead of bringing something small to put in the basket and pass around the room, she wears her fiesta dress. Utterly embarrassed when she realizes her mistake, she’s at first too frightened to speak, but the swishing of her skirts against one another reminds her of the tropical breezes of home and loosens her tongue. While Amelia’s timidity is directly related to her “foreignness,” being different is an experience that all children face, and all will sympathize with her discomfort. Avilés’s rich hues suggest the tropical warmth of Cuba, and the exaggerated roundness of her faces conveys the openness of Mrs. Jenner’s multicultural classroom. Sweet-tempered and inviting, Chapra’s debut zeroes in on a common emotion, while also introducing Amelia’s Cuban culture, inserting Spanish words into the English text, and referring in passing to children named Parvati, Moyo, and Akio. (Picture book. 5-8)