Gr 3-6 Mimi becomes frustrated as she tries to explain to her classmates that a parranda is the Puerto Rican version of Christmas caroling. Her frustration subsides when she remembers that she will spend Christmas in Puerto Rico with her extended family, but when she is later told that they will not be going to Puerto Rico this year, Mimi becomes quiet and withdrawn. Just as she thinks that her dreams of a parranda are over, Mimi's school friends surprise her. Sosa's mixed-media illustrations which depict children from different ethnic backgrounds perfectly complement Gil s festive writing, bringing this colorful story of music, family, and food to life. Just as the book, the CD tells the story in both Spanish and English. Recommended for school and public libraries. --Criticas Magazine, 7/15/08
"Mimi's ups and downs are believable and sympathetic…illustrations are warm [and] realistic…" --Kirkus Reviews
"Gil adroitly weaves together a well-paced, bilingual story of cultural identity, personal disappointment, and friendship." --School Library Journal
"This warmly illustrated bilingual picture book tells the story of overcoming cultural and linguistic barriers in friendships, while teaching the reader about a joyful Puerto Rican holiday tradition. A wonderful first children's book by Puerto Rican native Lydia Gil." --MultiCultural Review
"A fine story celebrating culture..." --Criticas --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
A Puerto Rican holiday tradition comes to life on the pages of this colorful bilingual picture book.See all Editorial Reviews