"UNO, DOS, TRES: ONE, TWO, THREE" by Pat Mora

"UNO, DOS, TRES: ONE, TWO, THREE"

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another bilingual rhyme from Mora (Listen to the Desert/Oye al Desierto, 1994, etc.), this one a simple one-to-ten counting book featuring two little girls in a Mexican market who are buying birthday presents for their mother. Repetition--and a growing sense of excitement--is built in as the numbers advance; the girls take a break to rest with their many purchases while the life of the plaza swirls by, providing opportunities to count folk dancers, park benches, mariachi musicians, and canopied, flower-bedecked balconies. The book concludes with an author's note and a helpful pronunciation guide. The subdued, gray-green cover and endpapers with their Aztec designs give no hint of the blazing red, orange, pink, blue, and purple within. The dark-eyed, round-checked visages of Lavallee's Mexicans are indistinguishable from those of her Inuit characters in Barbara M. Joose's Mama, Do You Love Me? (1991), but in art this stylized, it probably doesn't matter.

Pub Date: April 22nd, 1996
ISBN: 0618054685
Page count: 44pp
Publisher: Clarion