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Fiesta Babies Hardcover – March 9, 2010

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PreS—Short lines of bouncy, rhyming text describe how several adorable, chubby babies and toddlers participate in their local Hispanic celebration. For instance, "Fiesta Babies march on parade/wearing coronas Mamá has made." These lines of text stand alone on a page, embellished with the detail of a gaily decorated lamppost that echoes the street scene opposite. The length and rhythm of the text make this book an excellent choice for toddler and preschool storytimes. Córdova once again demonstrates how her award-winning style brilliantly brings an author's words to life. Her bold acrylic colors and brisk brushstrokes capture the fiesta's energy and good cheer. The images of sombreros, serapes, and papel picado are firmly rooted in Mexican culture, and the artist shows black, brown, and white babies celebrating this fiesta together. A short glossary explains the Spanish words in a child-friendly context. For example, the definition for beso (kiss) adds that babies often are taught to blow little kisses, or besitos. This is a sweet, simple book, and its simplicity contributes to its excellence as well as its charm.—Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
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This small, square book contains many mirthful moments as a cast of multicultural fiesta babies enjoy the excitement of a parade as well as more personal experiences, like listening to Grandpa’s favorite mariachi song. Using a simple rhyme scheme, the story gets most of its bang from Córdova’s naive-style artwork. Featuring toddlers with skin tones dark as chocolate or as light as peaches and cream and every shade in between, the pictures are full of joy as the children stumble and tumble through the neighborhood, singing, dancing, playing instruments—and eating salsa. In one particularly appropriate spread, readers learn that fiesta babies love fiestas, but they also don’t mind siestas. The Spanish words sprinkled throughout can be understood in context, but there is also a short glossary at book’s end. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582463190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582463193
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book Fiesta Babies is a sweet and fun little book, great for very young children. The book has few words with bright and colorful illustrations that portray little children in a fun atmosphere. The accompanying text is simple and short with a fun rhyming scheme. Carmen Tafolla incorporates words in Spanish into the English stanzas. The children in the book are seen having fun with different aspects specific to the Hispanic culture, such as mariachi songs and chips with salsa. The book ends with a sweet illustration of the babies with their loving family. This would be a wonderful book for children to show culture while emphasizing the similarities with their own culture. Within the book, the babies are seen playing around and having a good time, but still loving a good nap, and sharing kisses and hugs with their family. These are qualities that all young children can relate to, even within a different culture.
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I think this book is rich in the Hispanic/Latino culture showing the many festivities of celebrations and involving the local community and family members. I like the book because I have connections with this book in that here in San Antonio we celebrate Fiesta and my family goes to the parades and attends the festivities that downtown San Antonio has to offer for Fiesta. The pictures of the book are amazing and colorful. The colors bring out the book and bring life to what a Fiesta is. From Pinatas to the food that is rich in the Hispanic tradition, the book sets the theme for the many traditions of the culture. I would read this to my students in class especially around Fiesta time here in San Antonio. This book can help serve as a learning tool for the culture and making a lesson for students in classrooms.
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This book does a wonderful job of highlighting a cherished cultural celebration in San Antonio. Great book for emergent literacy readers, and also parents/teachers to model reading. The book has a catchy and consistent pace to it which children will love to read. The repetition and pictures can provide children with the opportunity in taking that chance to begin reading independently. The vocabulary and language switching is great for inferring. The vibrant colors correctly depict what the fiesta season is all about. Check this book out for children to understand the culture in San Antonio, or, to relive your childhood moments during fiesta in the Alamo City!
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What a great children's book. This was a fun, colorful, and culturally inspiring picture book. Each page had a fun rheumatic tone to it and also incorporated Spanish words to give it a twist! It demonstrates how babies go through different Spanish customs such as dancing, family, and other traditions. The illustrations are amazing, and go great with the word chouce Tafolla uses through out her book. I really love the way that Carmen Tafolla chose to write about a more personal and traditional storyline with a meaningful plot with a rhyming scheme. I would recommend this book to children in the lower level anywhere from PreK- First Grade.
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