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Rafi and Rosi (I Can Read Book 3) Hardcover – February 3, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Series: I Can Read Book 3
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Rayo (February 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060098953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060098957
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,692,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3--This book features three easy-to-read stories about two Puerto Rican tree frogs, enterprising Rafi and his younger sister, Rosi. In the first story, Rafi announces that for a nickel, he'll turn gray sand white or black. Actually, he's passing a magnet under his sandbox and he manages to trick Rosi and a couple of friends before he is found out. Next, he almost convinces Rosi that the stars have fallen from the sky and are twinkling in the bay. It's the algae in the water that causes the sea to shimmer with bioluminescence (explained in an epilogue). Finally, it is Rosi's turn to help her big brother out when his beloved pet, a cobito,or small hermit crab, disappears. The teasing banter and tender rapport between the siblings are the most appealing features of these stories. Delacre's brightly colored cartoon illustrations add detail and a light touch. There is also a helpful glossary of Spanish words/phrases, and an appended "Did You Know About…" section adds some interesting facts about Puerto Rico.--Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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About the Author

Lulu Delacre was born in Puerto Rico, where she grew up catching lizards, drawing pictures, and listening to the evening song of the coqu#205;. She studied art first at the University of Puerto Rico and later at L'Ecole Sup#201;rieure d'Arts Graphiques, in Paris, France. Now living in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, Ms. Delacre delights in bringing her Latina heritage to life in books such as Arroz Con Leche; Shake It, Morena; and Salsa Stories.

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Lulu Delacre

Three-time Pura Belpré Award honoree Lulu Delacre has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1980. Born and raised in Puerto Rico to Argentinean parents, Delacre says her Latino heritage and her life experiences inform her work.

Her 34 titles include Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America, a Horn Book Fanfare Book in print for nearly 25 years; and Salsa Stories, an IRA Outstanding International Book. Her newest work, How Far Do You Love Me?, has been twice reviewed as having the emotional resonance of the children's classic, The Runaway Bunny.

Delacre has lectured internationally; served as a juror for the National Book Awards; and exhibited at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art among other venues. More at www.luludelacre.com.

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Format: Paperback
This story is about a brother Rafi & his sister Rosi Coqui. Coqui frogs are found in Puerto Rico and are also a beloved symbol of Puerto Rico.

This book is a Level 3 in the An I Can Read Book which is for Reading Alone. It has 3 chapters and a glossary that is actually in the front of the book, which is so very smart rather than in the back of the book. The glossary gives the phonetic spelling of the words and a definition of the word. This book is 3 stories in 1 book.

1st chapter Magic Finger

2nd Fallen Stars

3rd Baby Trees

What is nice about this book is that on page 61 - 63 is a Did You Know About...

which basically gives your child more information about each story. The Coqui is a tiny tree frog. And tells of how it got it's name from it's song. Other information included are that the beaches of Puerto Rico has iron flecks in it, as well as Mangroves, Hermit Crabs and Parguera Bioluminescent Bay which is located in the little town of Lajuas off the southern coast of Puerto Rico, and it's algae "glows" at night. Now, I want to go to Puerto Rico and see the frogs and glowing algae, and special sand... all because of this book. The book is also beautifully illustrated.

I found this book at our local library, I hope your library has a copy until the re-release this book. There is also a 2nd book in this series called Rafi and Rosi Carnival.
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By A Customer on April 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Rafi and Rosi have a charming sibling relationship in which Rafi is the wise older brother who tricks Rosi into believing that he can perform magic. Of course, these various supernatural feats turn out to be scientific facts regarding magnetism, bioluminescence, and plant growth. The scientific aspect of the story appeals to young readers who may feel that they're being let in on a 'grown-up' secret and adds an educational twist to the book that appeals to parents and teachers.
I particularly enjoy the tender and spunky characterization of Rafi and Rosi. Rosi is naive and trusting, but she also angers when her brother tricks her, and reveals a personal strength in the last chapter, thus making her a typically complex 5 year old. She also has the delicate manners of Shirley Temple without the contrived sweetness. Rafi is a boastful know-it-all, but he genuinely loves Rosi, and this affection comes through in the light-filled illustrations.
In fact, one of the great strengths of this book is its gorgeous pictorial execution. Many easy readers have repetitive layouts, but Delacre's pushes the boundaries of the format and includes richly detailed stories within the illustrations. Looking through the pictures is a delight that immerses the reader in brilliant tropical colors and scenes.
This is my favorite of Delacre's books. The stories are entertaining, the characters are well-developed, and Puerto Rico is beautifully shown in the illustrations.
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