Search Results: "Gabriela Baeza Ventura"


BOOK REVIEW

ROOSTER JOE AND THE BULLY / EL GALLO JOE Y EL ABUSÓN by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Well-meaning but a miss. (Fiction. 10-12)"
After observing the roosters in his artist grandpa's backyard, seventh-grader Joe López can't get enough of these indomitable avians. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2006

"Jara's illustrations are detailed, featuring slightly exaggerated faces and the desert flora and simple adobe dwellings of southern California several decades in the past. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Once again an animal plays a central role in Villaseñor's story, but this time the other characters are human. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PLACE WHERE YOU LIVE / EL LUGAR DONDE VIVES by James Luna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"A lighthearted celebration of a child's sense of place and belonging. (Bilingual picture book. 4-6)"
From enjoying tortillas and hot chocolate with their abuela to finishing a long day in their parents' arms, two siblings explore the place where they live. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REMEMBERING DAY / EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"Readers might choose this book thinking they will find out more about this well-known Mexican tradition; instead, they will find a warm family story. (author's note) (Bilingual picture book. 5-8)"
Mora worries that the Mexican tradition of honoring their dead on the Día de los Muertos may be misunderstood and become commercialized, so, the author offers this imagined story of how a "remembering day" to honor loved ones now dead might have started in the distant past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2012

"Mild chills in either language. (Short stories. 10-12)"
"La Llorona" and other traditional bugaboos from Mexican-American lore find modern young victims in this bilingual set of South Texas tales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEPITA PACKS UP/PEPITA EMPACA by Ofelia Dumas Lachtman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"While not an essential purchase, Pepita's latest adventure will be welcome in libraries where the earlier books are popular and those in which more bilingual titles are necessary. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On moving day, Pepita does not want to say goodbye to her friends and neighbors because doing so makes her cry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CASE OF THE THREE KINGS / EL CASO DE LOS REYES MAGOS by Alidis Vicente
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2016

"A mystery serving as a gateway into Puerto Rican culture, traditions, and panorama, narrated by a one-of-a-kind Latina gumshoe. (Bilingual mystery. 8-12)"
Precocious self-styled Detective Flaca returns, now 11 years old, in a mystery set in Puerto Rico. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMA'S CHOCOLATE / EL CHOCOLATE DE ABUELITA by Mara Price
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2010

"A sweet and loving way to introduce history through family connections. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Sabrina's much-loved grandmother's latest visit from Mexico is filled with gifts and interesting tidbits about chocolate, Mayan culture and history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DALIA'S WONDROUS HAIR / EL CABELLO MARAVILLOSO DE DALIA by Laura Lacámara
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2014

"A delightful account of one fanciful little girl's enchanted day in Cuba. (Bilingual picture book. 3-6)"
One magical morning, Dalia awakes to find her hair has grown up toward the sky, "tall and thick as a Cuban royal palm tree." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLARA AND THE CURANDERA / <i>CLARA Y LA CURANDERA</i> by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A charming tale almost any child (and parent) can relate to. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In Brown's latest bilingual offering, a grumpy little Latina girl gets a subtle lesson in caring, sharing and the pleasures of reading. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GROWING UP WITH TAMALES/LOS TAMALES DE ANA by Gwendolyn Zepeda
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2008

"Young readers will delight in Zepeda's use of repetition and will giggle over the story's jocular ending. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Six-year-old Ana can't wait until she is eight, so she can be more grown-up like her big sister Lidia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE DOCTOR / EL DOCTORCITO by Juan J. Guerra
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2017

"The stilted and didactic dialogue takes this potentially useful bilingual title from inspirational to self-congratulatory. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Ten-year-old Salvador accompanies his grandmother, who does not speak English, to a community clinic in order to translate for her. Read full book review >