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Tio Armando Hardcover – March 19, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688121071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688121075
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,426,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3ALucitita loves her T!o Armando. He is really her great-uncle, and even though he is old, he knows how to enjoy life, a gift he shares abundantly with the younger members of his family. Lucitita observes that since her t!o came to live with them "...everything and everyone is joined together." The oversized double-page spreads are arranged chronologically, from one May to the next, by which time the man has died. There is just enough foreshadowing in the flowing, evocative text to keep readers wanting to see what will happen next. Grifalconi's soft watercolor and pencil illustrations are soothing, doing a creditable job of setting a mood of gentleness, connection, and love. An excellent story for sharing one-on-one or in groups, this is similar in tone to Carmen Santiago Nodar's Abuelita's Paradise (Albert Whitman, 1992) and Pat Mora's A Birthday Basket for Tia (Macmillan, 1992), both of which celebrate cross-generational relationships.AAnn Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A graceful chronicle of the last year in a beloved great-uncle's life, relayed month by month in the first-person narration of a Mexican-American girl. To Armando moves in with Lucitita's family after the death of his wife, Amalia. A connection is drawn between the elderly man and Lucitita and the year is filled with thoughtful exchanges between the two as she puzzles out his serene reaction to losing his wife. Readers begin to sense that To Armando is preparing Lucitita for his own passing. ``I will never leave you,'' he promises, and she realizes, after his death, that she understands. The lengthy prose is unusually well-crafted, quiet and subdued yet filled with authentic details of life in this household. To Armando is a unique person, visiting strangers in the hospital and spreading kindness wherever he goes. Grifalconi's gentle watercolors group people together in intimate moments and in larger groups that convey familial bonds. (Picture book. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Tio Armando comes to live with Lucitita's family in the month of May, and everyone feels closer and more connected since his arrival. During the eleven months that Tio Armando shares his life with the family, he contributes to the rich experiences often typical within an extended family, and especially typical of Latino families all over the United States. He also models and articulates, in terms that his young niece can understand, the interdependence among family members that characterizes healthy family relationships -- peoples' lives are twined together and one life is part of another life. It is only after he is dead that Lucitita understands his promise never to leave them, and this helps her to appreciate her favorite uncle even more and develop strength after her loss. (Grades 1-3)
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