Search Results: "Alma Flor Ada"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Some repetition does not detract, and children might be moved by Ada's exhortation to consider their own family stories. (b&w photographs) (Memoir. 9-14)"
Of books comprising nuggets of memory there seems to be no end, and in a companion volume to her Where the Flame Trees Bloom (1994, not reviewed), Ada recounts small stories of growing up in the town of in CamagÅey, Cuba. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LET ME HELP!/¡QUIERO AYUDAR! by Alma Flor Ada
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"Domínguez's vigorous paint strokes in bold aquas, greens and blues that stand out against the dusty backdrop vibrantly complement this bilingually told story about the Latino fiesta. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Like a young child eager to help, Perico, the parrot, is excited about the upcoming Cinco de Mayo preparations and repeatedly cries, "Let me help! / ¡Quiero ayudar!"—a phrase learned from his family's youngest child, Martita. Read full book review >

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THE THREE GOLDEN ORANGES by Alma Flor Ada
Released: May 1, 1999

"Meanwhile, the Spanish countryside comes blazingly alive under the bold illustrations of Cartwright's stylized, utterly transporting artwork. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
Ada (Under the Royal Palms, 1998, etc.) reworks the traditional story of Blancaflor, taking swipes at greed, vanity, and the practice of arranged marriages in the process. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR PETER RABBIT by Alma Flor Ada
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Also available in Spanish (ISBN: 0-689-31915-0). (Picture book. 5-9)"
The events in four familiar tales are cleverly intertwined and reported in a dozen letters. ``Pig One'' invites Peter Rabbit to a housewarming, but he can't go because he's in bed sipping camomile; Baby Bear wants his new friend Goldilocks McGregor to visit; Pigs One and Two report that they're now safely with Pig Three; Peter gets an unexpected invitation from Goldilocks and compliments the three pigs on the wolf's-tail soup served at the housewarming they finally managed to celebrate; the wolf orders a new tail and swears off pigs and little girls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WITH LOVE, LITTLE RED HEN by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Known for both the two previous titles in this series and the Albert series of books, Tryon's detailed illustrations fit the letters perfectly, and close observers will discover something new with each reading. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Lovers of fractured fairy tales will be amused by this further peek into the personal letters of familiar characters by the team that started it all with Dear Peter Rabbit (1994). Ms. Red Hen has just moved to Happy Valley with her brood of chicks, but her neighbors are proving to be less than neighborly. Read full book review >

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I LOVE SATURDAYS Y DOMINGOS by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Children eager to explore their own heritage will enjoy watching as the heroine embraces all the diversity in her life. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With English- and Spanish-speaking grandparents, the child in this story explores the wonders of both cultures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"An unfortunate effort in almost every respect. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lilting Spanish text and its weak English counterpart relate a cumulative tale about the decorating of a tree, and provide a good argument against the use of bilingual texts. ``Look at the beautiful Christmas tree/with the bright candle/Grandma lit,/the candy cane/Grandpa hung,/and the sleigh/Uncle Irineo painted!'' cannot compare to ``¤QuÇ lindo el †rbol de Navidad/adornado con la vela/que encendi¢ Abuela,/con el caramelo/que le colg¢ Abuelo/y con el trineo/de t°o Irineo!'' These events are illustrated over several pages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISLAND TREASURES by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Readers new to Ada's memoirs will be moved and inspired. (author's note, glossary) (Memoir. 9-12)"
Ada, an award-winning writer and multicultural and bilingual education expert, recounts childhood memories of growing up in Cuba in the 1940s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANCING HOME by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2011

"Although sometimes wise beyond their years, Margie and Lupe will charm readers as each girl struggles for belonging and acceptance in this realistic novel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Two cousins, one born in Texas and the other in Mexico, learn the importance of family and friendship. Read full book review >

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EXTRA! EXTRA! by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2007

"A must for every fairy-tale collection. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Ada's latest is a continuation of the Hidden Forest series of fairy-tale adventures, but this time, several editions of the Hidden Forest News newspaper replace the letters of the previous books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 21, 1993

"An unusually appealing readaloud. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
A cumulative tale that echoes ``The Old Woman and Her Pig.'' Since the debonair rooster is so busy preening his feathers and polishing his beak that he skips breakfast, the kernel of corn he finds on his way to the wedding is tempting, though it's in a puddle. Read full book review >