Ethan wakes up one morning with a talking cat on his head. The cat refuses to budge until Ethan wins a game of probability.
Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Grandparents Day are special days in which we show our appreciation for the wonderful people in our families. This book shows how these and other days are celebrated here in North America and around the world. Young readers will learn about the history, traditions, and symbols of each special day, and enjoy the craft-making activities that are included.
Popular author Xavier Garza returns with another collection of stories featuring spooky characters from Mexican-American folklore. There's a witch that takes the shape of a snake in order to poison and punish those who disregard her warnings; green-skinned, red-eyed creatures called Chupacabras that suck the blood from wild pigs, but would just as soon suck the blood from a human lost in the night; and a young girl disfigured in a fire set by a scorned lover who gets her revenge as the Donkey Lady. Accompanied by the author's striking illustrations, the hair-raising stories in this collection are sure to lure even the most reluctant readers into its pages.
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Product ID: APP9781558859708
Grades: Grades 3 - 6
Level(s): Primary, Intermediate, Middle School
File Size: 1.61 MB
Whiteboard Compatible: Yes (Level 1)
ISBN (Digital Book): 9781558859708
ISBN (Physical Book): 9781558855991
Teenage years are difficult for anyone, but for Trino Olivares, it seems like he never gets a break. It's like every time he rolls the dice he lands on Lose a Turn. In the sequel to the award-winning Trino's Choice, Trino must hold on through the turns that leave him reeling. Trying to cope with the loss of two friends, Trino finds himself alone in a world that seems to care very little for him. Slowly, with the help of some new friends and a Tejano that Trino discovers in class, he learns that there are times in a man's life when he has to help himself. Continuing the story of Trino's Choice, popular young-adult author Diane Gonzales Bertrand creates another dramatic story about the choices and issues faced by young adults.
This noted director of the Bilingual Theater brings together a collection of critically acclaimed Hispanic plays for children in English, Spanish, and bilingual formats.
... y no se lo tragó la tierra, in the original Spanish, is Tomás Rivera's classic novel about a Mexican-American family's life as migrant workers during the 1950s, as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Filled with humor and mystery, the Ruiz Street kids' adventures unfold as they try to understand the peculiar habits of a new kid on the block named David.
This bilingual collection of short stories bubbles with fresh and feisty young characters and celebrates strong relationships with friends, parents, teachers, and extended family. These stories make even the ordinary problems of childhood extraordinary.
Children will want to embark on their own mission to Mars after reading this story that combines vibrant illustrations with a touching story about a father and son's afternoon adventure.
This is the story of how the Jaime Dávila Elementary School received its name, weaving Jaime's accomplishments with anecdotes that demonstrate rich family traditions and his desire to help the Hispanic community.
The five stories in this bilingual collection introduce intermediate readers to the superstition-filled folklore of the barrio. Based on oral tradition, these spine-tingling tales feature witches, owls, and other spooky creatures that have been told in Spanish-speaking barrios for generations. This collection will entertain and terrify a new generation of English and Spanish-speaking children with the supernatural tales of the Hispanic community.
In this spirited bilingual picture book, Benatar offers a vivid portrait of the unique childhood influences of Isabel Allende. With the passage of time, Isabel became the keeper of the family memories that come alive in her writing.
"A bailar! There's music in the park today - let's dance!" Marita and her mother are finishing their Saturday chores and anticipating Papi's salsa concert in the park, so Mami makes the broom her dance partner to show her daughter how to dance. "Listen to the claves, the bongos, and the cowbells… the maracas, the timbales, and the güiro, they will tell you how to move your shoulders, your hips, your feet." That afternoon, they put on their best dresses and dancing shoes and lead a parade of neighbors and friends dancing and singing their way to the concert. And at the park, Papi plays notes on his trombone that are a secret between him and Marita. Ortiz Cofer's lyrical bilingual text is complemented by Christina Ann Rodriguez's vibrant images of the neighborhood's unique characters reveling in the beat of the music.
This is a landmark, first bilingual edition of a literary classic by the Cuban master poet, José Martí.
"It's a mystery to me," is a common phrase heard in these stories as children and their families are faced with puzzling situations in their everyday lives. Abuela can't understand why there are odd indentations in her flour container. But it all becomes clear when her grandchildren's frog races feature very white frogs in the green grass! Ten-year-old Mario - or Mario the Magnificent - delights in doing magic shows, but one trick goes inexplicably awry when Pinky, the hamster, really disappears during the finale! And seven-year-old Rudi looks up to his big brother Tony, who isn't afraid to sleep in the dark. Tony humors Rudi, allowing him a night light next to his bed - especially after reading scary stories at bedtime. But when his bed starts shaking in the night, even brave Tony is sure a spooky creature has inhabited it.
Martha's Panadería holds trays of hot Mexican sweet bread, all ready for hungry customers in the morning. In the classic tradition of The Gingerbread Man, James Luna's piggy cookie leaps off the tray and takes a mad dash through the barrio. Each person he encounters is greeted by his laugh and repeated refrain: Chase me! Chase me down the street! But this is one piggy you won't get to eat! I ran away from the others and I'll run away from you! He avoids being eaten by everyone until he meets a crafty little girl named Rosa! Children will delight in the clever piggy's escape in this entertaining re-telling of a familiar story set in a colorful Latino neighborhood. A recipe for Mexican gingerbread pig cookies is included in English and Spanish.
Young Yuliana Gallegos recalls her move from Monterrey, Mexico, to Houston, Texas. Yuli records the fear and anguish experienced by all immigrant children as they strive to adjust to a new language and culture. This bilingual story will encourage all kids to write their own stories.
Juan and his cousin Luz savor Abuelo's hair-raising stories, but they are skeptical when he tells them about a creature called the Chupacabras. Armed with a bag of marbles dipped in holy water and a sling shot, the children venture into a cornfield one night in search of the truth.
In this bilingual collection of stories for intermediate readers, native New Mexican Nasario García writes the stories he heard as a child while gathered around the potbelly stove on cold winter nights, at campfires during cattle roundups, or while working in the fields at his family's ranch. Narrated by a young boy named Junie López, the stories will send shivers up kids' spines while capturing the essence of New Mexican folklore. Based on the oral tradition and superstitions of a previous generation, these stories in English and Spanish will both entertain and provide insight to a time when people lived a more rural life and winged creatures flitted over the countryside.
When Toots Rodriguez approaches Mickey on the playground, he knows something is up. Toots has come to Mickey because she's in trouble, and he's a detective. The real deal. Rumor has it that Toots stole a valuable pen. But as Mickey begins his investigation, all clues point to Toots and her newly ex-boyfriend as the primary suspects. The first book in The Mickey Rangel Mystery series for intermediate readers, author and educator René Saldaña, Jr. has crafted another appealing book for kids, and his wise-cracking, smart protagonist will appeal to even the most reluctant readers.
This Spanish edition of an award-winning collection of stories for young adults depicts spunky Cuban-American protagonists as they navigate the uncertain waters of adolescence in Miami.
After the death of her father, Blanca Estela and her mother spend the summer in Revilla, an old town in northern Mexico where Blanca's grandmother lives.
Everyone knows that the trick to putting children to bed is creating a bedtime routine, and in this latest bilingual picture book by popular Mexican-American author Victor Villasenor, he recreates his own family's bedtime tradition.
Emilio and his family have just come from Central America to Houston, and Emilio feels out of place. Only when his teacher introduces him to the world of numbers does he begin to find himself. But there is danger even in embracing the world of math studies.
Intrigue and danger weave a web around young Consuelo as she is thrust into a new life in unfamiliar surroundings and a mystery that begs to be resolved.
"Stop it. The two of you, stop it!" Roelito screams at his father and older brother as their argument becomes a shoving match. Beto, a senior in high school, has come home past curfew, smelling like a cantina. When Beto Sr. tells his son that he either needs to follow the rules or leave, he decides to leave, right then, in the middle of the night. But once he's walked away, he realizes he has nowhere to go. Maybe his best friend Jessy can help. The story of Beto's decision to run away and drop out of school is told from shifting perspectives in which the lives of Roel, Beto, and Jessy are told in short scenes that reflect teen-age life. Author and educator Rene Saldana, Jr. once again writes a fast-paced, thought-provoking novel that will engage young adults in questions about their own lives and responsibilities to family, friends, and most of all, to themselves.
Hugo, María, and Sarita enjoy spending time with their abuelos. They, in turn, enjoy teasing their grandchildren with adi_vinanzas, little riddles that make the children think about the world in new ways. So when Grandpa begins to reminisce about his own father and about the watermelons they raised long ago, the three youngsters recognize yet another curious adivinanza in the telling.
With a poetic narrative and colorful illustrations, this delightful bilingual picture book celebrates the joys of simple family rituals. An easy recipe for caldo is included.
Abuela's visits from Mexico are always exciting for young Sabrina. This time, Abuela's suitcase holds ribbons, a drum, and the smell of chocolate. Abuelita, do you want to play a game? Let's pretend that I'm a princess, Sabrina says. Okay, Abuela says, but a Mayan princess should wear a beautiful dress called a huipil. And she pulls out the traditional garment. Sabrina has lots of questions about her ancestors. With her grandmother's help, she learns about the cacao tree, which was first cultivated by Mexico's indigenous tribes. Sabrina discovers that chocolate is perfect for a Mayan princess. Children will enjoy this charming bilingual picture book that depicts a loving relationship, and shares the history of the native peoples of Mexico.
Young Elena concocts a plan to help cool down the townspeople in Caliente, Texas: Raspas - icy cold snow cones. And she can make and sell the treats from her own front yard! Soon, Elena has a stand and the items needed to make and sell snow cones. Before long, everyone is lining up to buy the frosty delights. Elena's best friend Alma watches her friend's success from across the street and decides to start her own snow cone stand. And so begins the battle of the snow cones, with each girl devising ever more elaborate plans to attract clients. The girls' ice shaving machines furiously crank out raspas, until one day both machines go bonkers!
Tenth grader Javier Avila has been chosen - against his will - to be the first anchorman for the school's televised announcements. He's an honor student trying to live up to his smart-guy reputation, and doesn't have time for a useless Media Broadcasting class. And who would choose to look stupid in front of the whole school every morning? Javier is afraid to fail publicly, especially after working so hard to hide his flaws from friends and family. When everyone watches him on screen, will they see the face of a fraud? Popular author Diane Gonzales Bertrand has written another novel that will strike a chord with teens who struggle their choices in friends and the extreme pressure - whether internal or external - to succeed in today's competitive world.
In this novel, Tyrone must deal with his feelings of anger and betrayal as the son of an alcoholic, absentee father while struggling to fulfill his dream of attending college. This is the seventh novel in the Roosevelt High School Series, which features a multiracial group of teenaged students who must individually face social and cultural issues (such as violence, sexuality, and prejudice) inescapable by young adults today.
The novel focuses on the difficult issue of a young man's struggle with his sexual orientation - a conflict made more difficult by his family's traditional Hispanic expectations. This is the third novel in the Roosevelt High School Series, which features a multiracial group of teenaged students who must individually face social and cultural issues (such as violence, sexuality, and prejudice) inescapable by young adults today.