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This is an absolutely wonderful book. The text is fresh and "sassy" and the beautiful acrylic paintings are vibrant and joyful. "Where the big velvet roses bloom red and pink and fuchsia, where the accordion plays sassy and sweet, where the smell of crispy tacos or buttery tortillas or juicy fruta floats out of every window, and where the paleta wagon rings its tinkly bell and carries a treasure of icy paletas in every color of the sarape...That's my barrio!" A delightful double spread shows the paleta wagon filled with popsicles of every imaginable color, and three eager children rushing to choose a flavor. Read this book aloud; and children and adults alike will remember their cool "paletas" with pleasure.
This is one of my 4 yr old grandson's favorite books, I can read it to him over and over again and he doesn't tire of hearing it. The illustrations are beautiful and bright, and the written content is easy for any child to follow. A great way to learn Spanish, or English, as it is bi-lingual. The book inspires you to want to go out and get a "paleta" (popsicle), especially on a warm day. Definitely a fun book to have.
Great book with beautiful illustrations. My two year old loves this book. There is one page that I skip, though, I know it may seem uptight but I'm trying to teach my kiddos to be great people so I skip the page where her uncle wins a baseball game by offering the batter a popsicle to distract him so her uncle wins the game (cheating). I know, I know... a lot of you will roll your eyes but that's me and that's how I'm raising my kids! With that tiny exception I love this book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2009
A rebozo or Mexican shawl has all kinds of different uses. They can be made of very practical materials for everyday use or fancy ones for those special occasions. The little girl's mama has a pretty blue one with wide spaced fringe that makes it just perfect for Sundays when she "spreads it like a butterfly to pretty up her dress." On the other hand, the rebozo can be folded into a little backpack to hold her baby brother so Mama can braid her hair. They are good for little brothers to hide under and big sisters can weave them into their beautiful black hair to make them look even more beautiful!
Little girls can cuddle up to their grandmas underneath a rebozo to keep warm, cozy and get lots of hugs. They are good for wiping up stains, but Daddy will need to wash it after cleaning up a mess. On birthdays they can be used to cover one's eyes when trying to hit the colorful piñata (no peeking!), they can be used to make a secret tunnel between two chairs, they make great Superman capes on Halloween, they are good for wrapping a sick puppy in, making a slide from the top bunk and, best of all, winding around your body when you dance the La Bamba.
This is a beautiful book that is vibrant and lots of fun. The gorgeous, very complimentary artwork won the 2009 Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. In the back of the book is a brief historical discussion about rebozos. This would be a fun book to read during circle or story time in a library or classroom setting. Don't forget to bring your rebozo!
A rebozo is a traditional Mexican shawl. The book, What Can You Do With a Rebozo? is a fun and educational look at the traditional garb of a culture some readers may not be familiar with.
A young girl invites you into her home and life and shows you, through the story, the various uses for a rebozo. The uses are creative and practical; from using it as a wrap to carry a baby to using it to cover one when they fall asleep.
What makes What Can You Do With a Rebozo? especially good for children is the manner in which the author is able to inform and entertain. I love the illustrations. They are vibrant, inviting and informative. Children will be drawn to the pictures and thus the story as the illustrations complement the story.
Armchair Interviews says: A book to help children learn about their own, or perhaps another culture while enjoying a good story.
What Can You Do With a Rebozo? By Carmen Tafolla is a book that contains a series of different scenes depicting a young girl and all of the things that she can do with a rebozo. A rebozo is a Mexican version of a shawl. The young girl does many different things with her rebozo; some were practical uses while others were just to have fun. Her mother uses a rebozo to create a back cradle to put her baby into; the young girl used her rebozo at one point as a cape for a Halloween costume.
Within this book there was no real plot or conflict. The author simply made wrote about the different uses. The only hint of a plot came where after all the different things she could do with her rebozo, she fell asleep in her mother bed with the rebozo covering her like a blanket.
This book shows the reader different aspects of a Mexican family's life. Throughout the book there are a few Spanish words which also help promote the multicultural attribute of this book. I would recommend this book if you want to introduce the home life of a Mexican family, but not if you seek a book with a moral stance or some type of conflict.