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Numero Uno Hardcover – April 1, 2007

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Targeting the futility of one-upmanship, this original folktale is the first collaboration between Arthur Dorros, author of Abuela (1991) and others, and his son Alex. The main characters are brawny Hercules and brainy Socrates, who argue over which man contributes most to their Mexican village. Their dispute reaches a fever pitch as they both participate in the building of a bridge. Socrates thinks his architectural plans make him "¡número uno!" while Hercules believes that his lugging of tools and materials is the key. A young boy suggests a competition of sorts, sending the rivals away so the villagers can decide who is more greatly missed; upon their return, the wise boy prompts both men to see the absurdity of their squabbling. The text's short bursts of dialogue, all in Spanish and readily understood through context, will make this fun to read aloud. The same dialogue also appears in the pictures, where it works less well (the words prove difficult to see), but Guevara's bright, folk-art–style paintings are otherwise excellent, vividly expressing the humor of the stubborn rivals' antics. Nolan, Abby
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About the Author

Arthur Dorros has written many highly acclaimed bilingual books, including Abuela and Isla. He and his son, Alex Dorros, who also is bilingual, collaborated on this book, which is Alex’s first and is based on a story Alex wrote at age twelve. They live in Seattle.

Susan Guevara has illustrated many books for children, including the Chato series. Her books have been named New York Times Best Illustrated and ALA Notable Children’s Books, and have won the ALA’s Pura Belpré Award for Latino books. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810957647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810957640
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,622,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teacher on June 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
NUMERO UNO is number one. Being an elementary school teacher, I really liked it for a variety of reasons. As you often hear students talking about why they are better or more important than someone else, this story gives them an opportunity to see that different people and different characteristics can be equally important. The point was made in a fun way, and the beautiful illustrations work well in capturing the dynamic personalities of Hercules and Socrates. After reading that Alex Dorros got the story idea when he was 12 years old, I thought it was wonderful that the story grew with his efforts over a number of years into a really strong book. The students I have read the book with have found it to be very enjoyable. Many of them were inspired to think harder about their own writing ideas when they found out this story was that of the younger Dorros team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ursiform VINE VOICE on April 15, 2009
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I gave a copy of this book to my niece for her sixth birthday. A year later she has read it so many times my brother has it nearly memorized. What more can you ask of a book than that it makes a child want to read it over and over?
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Reviewed by Brianne Plach (age 9) for Reader Views (5/07)

I'm stronger than you are! I'm smarter than you are! Of course, we all have heard this from our brothers or sisters. And even from us. " Número Uno" has two main characters, Hercules and Socrates. They both claim to be the best and most helpful in building a bridge in their small town. Socrates came up with the idea of building the bridge but Hercules was sure he was more valuable. An old man and a young boy got tired of listening to these two fighting. Then these two go away and work out their differences. They were both so sure that they would be missed greatly. Instead when they return, they find out that they were missed, but not for their individual strengths; they were missed for their weakness.

"Número Uno" is an excellent book about teamwork. It shows that claiming to be the most valuable does not pay. The pictures in this book are very beautiful and add joy to the script. There are Spanish words included in the script making this a great book for someone who is interested in that language. This book is geared for children ages 4-8. I am older than this book's target market but I really loved the story!

Note from Brianne's mother: Brianne loved the pictures and storyline of this book. She will be starting to learn the Spanish language next year in school and this book gave her great exposure to some Spanish words.

Book received free of charge.
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By Joseph H. Race VINE VOICE on September 28, 2011
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This storybook involved the age-old discussion regarding muscle compared to intelligence; there is a good lesson to be learned here by the young people. Hercules is known for his great power and Socrates for his high brainpower, but neither is much without the village and their working together as team. The artwork and colors by Susan Guevara are outstanding. My grandsons loved this one - easy to read and follow. Good job by all working in concert and cooperation.
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