Search Results: "Gabriela Baeza Ventura"


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

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

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

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

A DAY WITHOUT SUGAR / UN DÍA SIN AZÚCAR by Diane  de Anda
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2012

"Though the focus on sugar is apparent, an underlining theme of balancing nutrition with exercise rounds out the purpose-filled story told with a fluent dual English and Spanish text. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A risk of family diabetes prompts Tía Sofía to teach her nieces and nephews about alternatives to sugar when choosing meals and snacks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANCISCO'S KITES / LAS COMETAS DE FRANCISCO by Alicia Z. Klepeis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2015

"Francisco's transformation from pensive newcomer to entrepreneurial kite master is inspiring and well-detailed in this successful slice of life. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A resourceful boy in a new town discovers a talent for giving old scraps flight in this immigrant's story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CECILIA AND MIGUEL ARE BEST FRIENDS / CECILIA Y MIGUEL SON MEJORES AMIGOS by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"Nevertheless, an infectiously warm celebration of friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A childhood friendship remains steady and true throughout teenage years and beyond into adult life and marriage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PATCHWORK GARDEN / PEDACITOS DE HUERTO by Diane  de Anda
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2013

"A worthwhile, eco-friendly bilingual edition. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A grandmother's vision and instruction inspires a little girl to change the desolate look of her inner-city neighborhood by encouraging the community to plant a series of vegetable gardens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2012

"The simplicity of the suggested idea that homemade fruit juice will always be fun to make and delicious to drink is appealing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The fruit-blended juice drinks known as aguas frescas offered at a fair inspire a little girl and her mother to serve their own version after soccer practice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOFI AND THE MAGIC, MUSICAL MURAL / SOFI Y EL MÁGICO MURAL MUSICAL by Raquel M. Ortiz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2015

"Overall, this serves more as an overt endorsement for public art than a fully engaging and nuanced story for children. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-8)"
Young Sofía walks to the bodega near her apartment to buy milk for her mom. From the sidewalk, she becomes entranced by a vibrant public mural that celebrates Puerto Rican culture. Read full book review >