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Felita Paperback – July 19, 1999


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About the Author

Nicholasa Mohr's award-winning books include the National Book Award finalist El Bronx Remembered, and the ALA Notable Book In Nueva York. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (July 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141306432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141306438
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My son really appreciated this book.
Charlye
I found it to be an excellent teaching tool, leading us to talk about feelings, relationships, community, trust, prejudice, priorities, and loss.
Old Softy
I think this is a great book for 3rd-6th graders.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Felita is a story of a Puerto Rican family struggling to give their children a brighter future in the face of racism and prejudice. I think these are important issues that need to be addressed with children, in the classroom or in the home. I found it especially poignant that the children immediately accepted Felita as a friend, but it was the adults that rejected differences and cultivated the prejudice in their children. I am confused about the previous review stating that this book is appropriate for chidren ages 4-8. The back of the book states that it is for children 7-11 years of age and the top of this page states that it is appropriate for ages 9-12. Children of these ages should become familiar with short chapter books such as this one. Overall, I found this to be a good addition to a culturally diverse selection of childrens books-- one perspective to add to the many that make up life in the United States.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Usually, I don't read the backs or book flaps of the books I intend to review. I like to keep a fresh mind open and to come across a book without any expectations or any plot points given away. But in the case of "Felita", I made an exception. I read that the book was all about a girl's move from her predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood into a "better" German/Irish neighborhood and the strife that occurs there. And yes, that is part of the book. But what's remarkable about "Felita" is that its more an examination of separate events in Felita's life than a single one that defines her. Her confrontation with racism is, in some ways, just as important as her ways of dealing with the death of her beloved abuelita. This book is one to be taken as a whole. Not glorifying a single plot point.

In the course of a year, Felita has a lot to deal with. First there's her family's move to a neighborhood that will provide good schools for Felita and her brothers. When the neighbors turn out to be prejudiced and not afraid to make their threats physical, the family is forced to move back to their old area at a bit of a loss. Then there's the fire that burns down poor Old Bernie's candy shop. Felita also has to deal with her supposed best friend stealing of the lead in the school play out from under everyone's nose. Fortunately, Felita's grandmother, Abuelita, is there to listen to everything her granddaughter has to say and to offer advice. But when Abuelita becomes ill, it's Felita who must find the courage to continue on.

The book's an excellent follow-up to the slightly similar, "My Name is Maria Isabel". Both books involve Puerto Rican girls dealing with the problems and prejudices of the adults around them.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
Felita introduces the reader to a strong and loving Puerto Rican family living in New York. The characters are well-developed and interesting. The plot is interesting enough to engage young readers. The book is recommended for children 4-8, but I feel it is more appropriate for children comfortable with chapter books. I realize that age levels are subjective, but I believe that a 4-8 year old would be better off sharing this book with a caregiver or teacher. The book deals with racism and death of a loved one, and for these reasons I feel that it makes an appropriate shared reading book. It is important to offer children a chance to discuss Felita's experience with racism. Without open discussion,it could lead the reader to believe that all Irish and Germans are racist. In this story Felita's beloved grandmother dies, but the death is dealt with in three pages at the end of the story. I don't think given the care taken to describe the relationship between Felita and her grandmother, this ending does the characters or subject justice.
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A Kid's Review on May 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Felita is about a girl named of Felita of course who has moved to a different neigborhood. She is talked about and gets beat up by some of the girls who live around her. I recomend this ook to girs only because the main character is a girl.This book helps people understand that nobody can have a perfect life and you just have to deal with problems in good mater and not hurting someone. When I read thi book I wanted to sop but just coud not stop. Thi sbook will make you want to read so if you are not a reader then try to read this book and I am sure thta you will be able to cope with it. ANd another things is that this book is also good for a family to read because the book is about a family. It would be good for parents to read a hapter every ngith to there child beaue it teaches a lesson. If you and your family are planning on moving then try to read the book and I am sure that if it will help them if they are i the smae situaion as Felita.
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By Old Softy on January 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just finished presenting this book to my 5th grade tutoring group, which is part of a program designed to help children comprehend more deeply the meanings of things found in the books they read. I found it to be an excellent teaching tool, leading us to talk about feelings, relationships, community, trust, prejudice, priorities, and loss.

Felita could be any child growing up in a New York City barrio, and the things she faces are common occurrences. It is how she handles them - usually after receiving wise counsel from her beloved abuelita - that provides much of the teaching material.

I highly recommend this book to elementary school teachers, and also to 3rd through 5th grade children who want to read a gripping story that will teach them about life.
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