A BOX FULL OF KITTENS by Sonia Manzano

A BOX FULL OF KITTENS

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Ruthie, a girl who loves Superman and kittens, is asked to keep her aunt Juanita company. Aunt Juanita is about to have a baby and it’s hard for her to climb the stairs—and she’s hungry. Ruthie, intent on being a superhero, fetches sweet treats—first a cherry piraquero (snow cone) and then a coquito (coconut ices). On Ruthie’s third errand, the owner of the neighborhood deli shows her some kittens. Ruthie is so entranced that she barely realizes her aunt is in labor and misses the chance to really help. Ruthie returns home depressed and, a few days later, attends a party for the new baby. Her aunt announces that Ruthie saved the day with all of her errands, and Ruthie feels super as she holds the little one. This sweet story does a nice job of depicting a Latino neighborhood, but the story itself falls a bit short. Ruthie’s intentions and feelings aren’t always entirely expressed, leaving the reader to fill in the gaps. Still, the appealing watercolors and child-friendly elements will draw many readers in. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: June 5th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-689-83089-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2007




Kirkus Interview
Sonia Manzano
author of BECOMING MARIA
September 22, 2015

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx is the new memoir by Sonia Manzano, well-known as Maria on Sesame Street. Set in the 1950s, Becoming Maria is the story of a girl with a dream. Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving but troubled. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But—click!—when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real life: the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia’s dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. “In stark and heartbreaking contrast to her Sesame Street character, Manzano paints a poignant, startlingly honest picture of her youth,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >

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