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Annotation:Spoiled, self-centered Esperanza loses her father, wealth and easy Mexican life and starts over as a California farm worker in the 1930s. Spanish words and magical realism grace this expansive, readable novel that is written from the heart. Also available as an audiobook.
Annotation:A determined little girl who makes her own magical shoes, a parrot with an eye-patch and a mean old lady with sore feet combine with illustrations awash with detail and color in this comida mexicana: a lighter-than-air mixture of laughter and lesson. Delicisioso.
Annotation:In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.
Annotation:Kind-hearted but forgetful grandmother Rosa María prepares for her granddaughter’s seventh birthday, with help from the ratones living in her house. Color-drenched, lively illustrations reflect a close-knit Hispanic family, and Spanish phrases flavor the story. Includes a recipe for rice and beans!
Annotation:The animals that Ramon tends on his family's farm in Mexico include sheep that weep when they're shorn and a goat that climbs to the top of a windmill. Includes some Spanish words with pronunciation.
Annotation:The theft of all the lemons from her lemon tree leads Rosalinda to an encounter with la Anciana, the Old One, who walks the Mexican countryside helping things grow, and to an understanding of generosity and forgiveness.