From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–Lucy is excited about her first trip to the United States to visit family in Ohio. When she and her mother arrive, the child finds that the landscape is very different from her native land and that the language people speak sounds hostile and frightening. Even the family dog, Sparky, doesn't understand her commands and entreaties. Lucy is terribly homesick until she decides to ask her cousin Robby to teach her a few words of English. By the end of the summer, she is able to master the language well enough to play with Sparky. The text in both languages is a bit dense for the intended audience, but would work well as a read-aloud. The English and Spanish appear separately on the same page, but some intermingling of the two occurs occasionally without being intrusive. Escrivá's watercolor illustrations are delightful and detailed, complementing the story well. A solid choice for storytimes and for libraries looking to reflect a common immigrant experience of their youngest patrons.
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PreS-Gr. 2. With a Spanish translation that flows smoothly and sounds natural, this pleasant bilingual picture book focuses on little Lucy and her mother, who journey from an unnamed Latin American country to visit their relatives in Ohio. The story begins with the excitement of the plane trip, followed quickly by culture shock. Everything is so strange. Cousin Robby's dog, Sparky, motivates Lucy to learn English so she is able to communicate, and through this process, Lucy comes to know her American family and finally begins to enjoy her visit. The illustrations, with pink-cheeked characters and homey scenes of the Ohio farm, are very appealing, contributing greatly to the story's simple, firmly delineated message about language and culture. Stella ClarkCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved