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"The pleasure and love of reading are joyfully brought forth in this simple, happily rendered tale."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2011
"Parra’s colorful folk-style illustrations of acrylics on board bring Ana’s real and imaginary worlds to life...The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and “iii-aah” adding to the fun."
Review, Publishers Weekly, May 9, 2011
"Parra's naïve-styled acrylics brim with scenes of country life. A palette of salmon pinks and turquoise and sky blues, painted on board, give the book a rough-hewn, handmade quality and an innocent, childlike appeal (with her wide face, delicate features, and rouged cheeks, Ana even resembles a porcelain doll). In a metafictional ending, readers will notice that the book Ana hands the bibliotecario upon his return is this very book--fitting, as this truly is Ana's story."
Review, The Horn Book, July/August 2011
“This sample of the impact of traveling librarians on rural children, inspired by a Colombian teacher-librarian, not only celebrates their work but eloquently portrays a matchless way to inspire learning: by feeding the natural hunger for story....Small, brown-faced Ana’s enthusiasm is contagious, and the satisfying denouement, in which she donates her homemade book to the traveling collection, is just right."
About the Author
JOHN PARRA is an award-winning illustrator, designer, teacher, and fine art painter whose work is avidly collected. John’s books have received starred reviews and have appeared on the Texas 2x2 Reading List. He has received the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for illustration, the 2006 International Latino Book Award for Best Children’s Book Interior Illustrations, and the 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Award for Gracias/Thanks, written by Pat Mora.
- Lexile Measure : AD560L
- Grade Level : Kindergarten - 3
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1582463530
- ISBN-13 : 978-1582463537
- Product Dimensions : 9.38 x 0.34 x 10.81 inches
- Reading level : 5 - 8 years
- Publisher : Tricycle Press; Illustrated Edition (August 9, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This would be a great introductory book into visiting a library, understanding other cultures, learning basic Spanish, and writing a story.
Intermixed throughout the story are some Spanish words (which are not translated to English). So the book would be highly appropriate for bilingual classes... but translation is needed for non-Spanish speakers. There is no pronunciation explained either from how to say the alphabet or the Spanish words - so its up to the reader to make sure they are doing it right. A quick search on the internet brought up the pronunciation refreshers I needed.
Overall its a good book with images that are sure to engage students.