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Sing, Little Sack! Canta, Saquito! (Bank Street Ready to Read, Level 3) Hardcover – May 1, 1993

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From Kirkus Reviews

On Level 3 of the ``Bank Street Ready-to-Read'' series, a prosaic reshaping of Pura Belpr‚'s ``The Earring'' (The Tiger and the Rabbit, 1965), about a girl who, after taking off her earrings to play by the shore, is caught in a sack by an imp-like man who then earns money in the marketplace with his ``magical singing sack''; she's rescued when her song is recognized. Like Belpr‚, Jaffe gives ``Marisol's'' songs in both Spanish and English; but in simplifying the brief tale and padding it with local color, she robs it of drama and folkloric resonance: in Belpr‚, the girl's mother warns against the bathing that clearly betokens a loss of innocence; in Marisol's everyday world, her mother sends her to the beach to play, while it's hard to believe, here, that people would think the sack is magic. Nonetheless, an adequate if bland reader. Cruz's realistic illustrations are attractive, though a few of his faces verge on caricature. (Easy reader. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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A wicked little man kidnaps young Marisol and makes her sing from inside his saquito. This tricks his audience into thinking the bag itself sings. But when Marisol's mother hears the familiar song, she knows at last where her little niña has gone. This authentic Puerto Rican folktale is a thrilling adventure for the early independent reader. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books for Young Readers (May 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553092405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553092400
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,400,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At least not from the Puerto Rico I grew up in. I am always in the look out for stories that will allow my daughter to remain connected to the culture of my childhood. I was apalled when I read this book, in preparation to introducing it to my 3-year old's bedtime routine. The book preys on parents fears of "strange little man" abducting your daughter. In instills terror and helplessness as Marisol, the little girl, is captured in a sack and threatened "i'll wack you with my stick" if she refuses to "sing". It portrays the Puerto Rican people as venal and stupid as this "greedy man" parades his "singing sack" and the people feed him for his show. Even after Marisol's mother is able to rescue her, the people can only resort to tricking the man rather than confronting his evilness. I highly recommend you leave this book back in the shelves and never have a nightmare like I did after I read it.
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