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A Kid's Guide to Latino History: More than 50 Activities (A Kid's Guide series) Paperback – August 1, 2009
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Grade 3–7—History and hands-on activities introduce children to the Latino cultures that are shaping our society. The book addresses a broad historical scope, from pre-Columbian culture in the Americas to present-day debates about undocumented immigration to the United States. Petrillo does not shy away from the thorny aspects of this debate, and she gives both sides their due. Her simple, direct prose clearly explains events and issues in language elementary-school students can understand. Interesting informational sidebars are included; for example, "Sea to Shining Sea" explains how Spanish words such as barbacoa (barbecue) and rodeo entered American English. The more than 50 activities, games, and crafts help to bring Latin American cultures to life. Children can learn how to dance the merengue, celebrate Christmas Mexican-style by making farolitos (lanterns), and more. The book focuses on the most dominant Latino groups in the United States; Mexican Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, Cuban Americans, and Dominican Americans all get their own chapters. But Petrillo does an outstanding job of illustrating the rich variety within Latino cultures by describing how Central and South Americans contribute to United States culture and economy. An excellent resource for enriching children's understanding of these cultures.—Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
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"Big, lively overview . . . chatty, informative text, presented in readable, spacious layouts." Booklist
"Full of creative projects to capture your child's interest and pride in their own heritage." mommymaestra.com