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My Little Car (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover – April 20, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (April 20, 2006)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0399232206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399232206
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–Not so much bilingual as Spanglish, My Little Car is nevertheless an enjoyable foray into Mexican-American culture. The text is primarily in English, with Spanish words sprinkled throughout. The glossary at the beginning of the book features the 16 Spanish words or phrases used in the story. Teresa thinks she is too old for her tricycle and is delighted when her grandfather sends her a low-rider pedal car for her birthday. She shows it off all over her community but eventually becomes careless, leaving it out in the rain and in the driveway, where her father backs into it. When her grandfather comes to visit, he is appalled at the sorry state of the vehicle and encourages Teresa to take better care of it. Together they work on restoring it to its former glory. The author attempts to draw a parallel between the car and the man's age, but it seems more an afterthought than a true thread of the story. Paparone's illustrations are full of life, movement, and color and will no doubt appeal to youngsters.
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PreS-Gr. 2. Earnest, scrupulously politically correct storytelling has never been Soto's style: Chato's Kitchen (1994) inked at pachuco cliche and, to many readers' delight, slipped barrio slang into the hallowed precincts of a picture book. Here, Soto addresses young children, transplanting another oft-caricatured element of Chicano culture--the lowrider--into a tale featuring a toy pedal-car and a little girl (in a wonderful reversal of the usual machismo surrounding vehicles). The story line meanders a bit and is a little preachy, involving a lesson in taking responsibility for prized possessions. But the exuberant blend of English and Spanish (a glossary at the front of the book clarifies expressions such as hijole! and mi'ija) gives the narrative a needed boost, and kids who call the barrio home will love finding reflections of their own communities in Paparone's affectionate, stylized acrylic paintings: a Mexican flag flutters from a child's tricycle, a bodega advertises pollo fresco. For children unfamiliar with Chicano culture, offer this alongside alternative perspectives that can prevent the lowrider emphasis (especially problematic in one image of a grown-up slouching at the window of his showy pink lowrider) from perpetuating stereotypes. Don't be surprised, though, if the story of the shiny, child-sized hot rod and its hapless owner pleases audiences far more than titles that more piously press the multicultural buttons. Jennifer Mattson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Trimm on November 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book first caught my eye at the local library. I have a MFA in creative writing and have been a big fan of Gary Soto for some time after having read some of his short stories during my studies. In addition, my three year old's sitter is bilingual and is teaching my daughter Spanish. I'm always looking for books that introduce Spanish words. We checked out the book, then checked it out again, then checked it out again, until I finally bought a copy for my daughter. At first, I was a bit concered about the whole "lowrider" culture, afraid, I guess of what I don't know. Prejudiced by the stereotypes of lowriders being part of gang culture and the like, I almost passed up this really great book.

The story is multilayered and beautiful, spanning age differences as protrayed by Pumpkin, the baby sister to Theresa who is too old to hang with Pumpkin, yet too young to be responsible to the grandfather (Abulito Benito) who is still young enough to run down the street from and dog and young enough to look good when he is fixed up. When you consider the car as a metaphor for the grandfather, the book takes on an even greater meaning.

This is a fantastic book that helps introduce a different culture to your child while teaching her responsibility. The illustrations are great, the writing is fantastic, and the morals are timeless. Don't let this book get by you because of your prejudices toward or against lowriding culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on April 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This little book is full of wonderful illustrations and a story that includes a gentle lesson in taking care of the things and people most valuable to us. The most valuable things in life involve a little work and a lot of care. The book features a lowrider pedal car, and this adds a layer of interest to an already lovely read. No interest in vehicles is necessary to enjoy the book, but for those children who do have a special interest in cars and model cars, this book is a surefire winner.
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Mi Carrito is a hilarious story about a little girl receiving a kid-size "lowrider" pedal car from her grandpa. My kids cheered when she was in the competition, and clucked their tongues when she didn't take care of the car. There's real tension when she is chased by the dog and when she knows grandpa will see the dilapidated state of her carrito. As you can tell, young readers will really identify with this young protaganist and her adventures.
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More About the Author

Born in Fresno, California to Mexican American parents, Gary Soto learned the hard work ethic through his share of chores, including mowing lawns, picking grapes, painting house numbers on street curbs, and washing cars. His hard work paid off at California State University at Fresno, from which he graduated with an English degree, and later at the University of California at Irvine, where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.Gary Soto is an acclaimed poet, essayist, and fiction writer. The awards for this multi-talented author are many, ranging from the U.S. Award for International Poetry Forum in 1977 for his first published book of poetry, The Elements of San Joaquin, to a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award in 1985 for Living Up the Street, his first published work of prose recollections. His short story collection Baseball in April, was named an American Library Association's Best Book for Young Adults. In 1993 Gary Soto received the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video for Pool Party, and in 1995 he was nominated for a National Book Award.His other credits include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council. Gary Soto is also one of the youngest poets to appear in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Several of his books have been translated into French, Spanish and Italian.Too Many Tamales was named a Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choices of 1993. Hazel Rochman of Booklist said, "Gary Soto is an accomplished poet and adult writer, and his children's stories are widely popular. His first entry into the picture book genre is a joyful success."When he is not writing, Mr. Soto serves as a volunteer English teacher at his church. He also enjoys eating at new restaurants, which he does often with his wife, Carolyn, and their daughter Mariko. Other members of the Soto household include their two cats, Corky and Sharkie. The Soto family resides in Berkeley, California.

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