Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 9
- Grade: k to 4
- Reading age: 5 to 9
The child at the heart of this story lives between two worlds. On one hand is her house, where she lives with her Latin American father and North American grandmother. Her mother is dead. Here there are many beautiful things, lots of books and plenty of money. On the other hand is her other grandmother's house, where her cousin lives with her own mother and many others. This is a Catholic household, where material possessions aren't especially important. Here the house is always full of people -- those who live in the house as well as those who come by for a generous afternoon feast and a good gossip.
About the authors
Luis Garay is a celebrated Nicaraguan illustrator who spent six months in Guatemala doing research for the illustrations in this book. He has also illustrated Jade and Iron, A Handful of Seeds, Cousins / Primas and Alfredito Flies Home / Alfredito regresa volando a su casa. One of the best young Latin American illustrators working today, Luis Garay now lives in Mexico.
Luis Garay's vibrantly coloured illustrations accurately reflect Latin American culture...[This book] presents a glimpse of Latin American culture and traditions [which] would be useful in multicultural collections.
Canadian Children's Literature - CBRA
An intriguing read.
School Library Journal