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Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey. Each page instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next. Hardcover | More for ages 3-5
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Playing Loteria / El juego de la loteria + Autentica LOTERIA Mexican Bingo Set 20 Tablets Colorful and Educational! + MEXICAN JUMBO LOTERIA SET 10 Very Large Boards, Deck of Cards FUN & EDUCATIONAL!
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Grade 1-3–A young boy is going to Mexico to visit his grandmother, and he is concerned. After all, she speaks very little English, and his Spanish is vestigial. His mother assures him that all will be well and that he will come home speaking Spanish. His insecurities begin to vanish when he discovers his grandmother's job. She is a canta in a lotería booth, a game similar to Bingo. However, in place of numbers, there are cards with pictures on them, matching the pictures on the board. His grandmother calls out a rhyme that corresponds to each picture, and the boy is caught. He wants to know those rhymes. His grandmother is only too happy to teach him, but only if he will teach her English. There are a few rough spots along the way, but by the time his mother shows up to fetch him, the young hero is... the best caller in San Luis! This is a warm and reassuring story of a boy's involvement not only with his family but also his culture. The prose flows easily in both English and Spanish. Arena's spirited primitive acrylics are reminiscent of Anita de Lucio-Brock's art for Juan Felipe Herrera's Grandma and Me at the Flea/Los meros meros remateros (Children's Book Press, 2002) in color and sense of place.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc; Bilingual edition (April 30, 2005)
  • Language: English, Multilingual, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0873588819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873588812
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi! I am Rene Colato Lainez, and I write bilingual picture books for children. I am also a bilingual teacher at Fernangeles Elementary.Come on in and celebrate the pleasure of reading in English and Spanish. My goal as a writer is to produce good multicultural children's literature; stories where minority children are portrayed in a positive way, where they can see themselves as heroes, and where they can dream and have hopes for the future. I want to write authentic stories of Latin American children living in the States.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on February 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a bilingual book about the old game of loteria, which is similar to bingo and played widely in Mexican culture. The story is about a young boy who is (rather abruptly in the opening sentence) shipped off to stay with his Spanish speaking grandmother. He does not speak very much Spanish, how will they communicate? Ahhh, the magic of the cards, loteria! The story is told in the first person so we never learn the little boy's name. Abuelita(grandmother)meets him at the bus station and his foreign language adventure begins. They immediately go to a fair, listen to mariachi music and in general take in the smells,sights and sounds of the colorful festivites , which are detailed quite nicely. Abuelita owns a loteria stand and the little boy is explained the rules as the crowd gathers around to play. The children play the game and the little boy learns about loteria and his grandma. Later, once at home, through the cards, they both begin to learn each others language(English and Spanish) through the cards images and charades. The boy learns enough to eventually call the card game at abuelita's loteria stand. He eventually has to go home to return to school but not before the little boy has learned to speak Spanish better. The book is nicely illustrated throughout with full page colorful, dynamic drawings. There are also pictures drawn of the loteria cards and a section that explains the simple rules of the game. This book is a great teaching tool. It may be used in a variety of ways for a classroom of bilingual students. Recommended for K-8 school and community libraries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LIZ R. on June 6, 2014
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THIS BOOK WAS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED ! THE PICTURES ARE BEAUTIFUL, THE STORY IS BEAUTIFUL, CANT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT IT ! NICE GIFT. AUTHENTIC MEXICAN HISTORY OF THE GAME. LOVED IT ! ALSO ORDERED THE JUMBO LOTERIA SET TO GO WITH IT AS A GIFT TO MY GRANDSON WHO WANTS TO LEARN SPANISH.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By irmags on June 4, 2013
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Rene Colato Lainez has become one my students' favorite authors. Kids love that they can relate to his stories. I have even had several parents request to borrow my Lainez books that my students keep raving about! =)
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There are so few stories about the Mexican culture and this sounds like a perfect storyline for a movie!! Since we know there are so many of those about the Mexican culture, don't we??
Rene, I would take this to a film producer, even if it's a Indie film producer, because I believe this type of story would really sell!! I'm sure there will have to be some drama added to the storyline but as long as the main jest of YOUR book is there, it will make a great movie!!
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