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Fiesta Babies Hardcover – March 9, 2010
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From School Library Journal
PreS—Short lines of bouncy, rhyming text describe how several adorable, chubby babies and toddlers participate in their local Hispanic celebration. For instance, "Fiesta Babies march on parade/wearing coronas Mamá has made." These lines of text stand alone on a page, embellished with the detail of a gaily decorated lamppost that echoes the street scene opposite. The length and rhythm of the text make this book an excellent choice for toddler and preschool storytimes. Córdova once again demonstrates how her award-winning style brilliantly brings an author's words to life. Her bold acrylic colors and brisk brushstrokes capture the fiesta's energy and good cheer. The images of sombreros, serapes, and papel picado are firmly rooted in Mexican culture, and the artist shows black, brown, and white babies celebrating this fiesta together. A short glossary explains the Spanish words in a child-friendly context. For example, the definition for beso (kiss) adds that babies often are taught to blow little kisses, or besitos. This is a sweet, simple book, and its simplicity contributes to its excellence as well as its charm.—Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
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This small, square book contains many mirthful moments as a cast of multicultural fiesta babies enjoy the excitement of a parade as well as more personal experiences, like listening to Grandpa’s favorite mariachi song. Using a simple rhyme scheme, the story gets most of its bang from Córdova’s naive-style artwork. Featuring toddlers with skin tones dark as chocolate or as light as peaches and cream and every shade in between, the pictures are full of joy as the children stumble and tumble through the neighborhood, singing, dancing, playing instruments—and eating salsa. In one particularly appropriate spread, readers learn that fiesta babies love fiestas, but they also don’t mind siestas. The Spanish words sprinkled throughout can be understood in context, but there is also a short glossary at book’s end. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ilene Cooper
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