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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
This is a landmark, first bilingual edition of a literary classic by the Cuban master poet, José Martí.
"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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Pat Mora's poem presented in English and Spanish, the desert is lovingly presented as the provider of comfort, food, spirit and life rather than an expanse empty of life. This artistic rendition of the relationship between people and nature is perfect for kids learning about poetry and science.
It was Adelita's first day at a new school, and she didn't know anyone! As Miss Cantú started a lesson on vegetables, cries of "I hate vegetables" filled the classroom. She watched the kids as they gathered around the teacher's desk to select a vegetable of their own from a basket. Two boys tossed a brown vegetable around like a football! But it's the friendly girl in the red T-shirt who introduces herself as Jasmine that interests Adelita most. She offers Adelita her choice of the green or yellow vegetable, observing "these two veggies must be cousins" because they look alike. And just like that, Jasmine and Adelita's conversation about calabacitas - Spanish for squash - turns into the start of a friendship!
These short essays written by young men and women from various Latino backgrounds reflect the diversity of growing up Latino in the United States. These illuminating pieces of memoir shine a light into the lives of young Hispanic adults.
Teenage Sergio has lived in Los Angeles since the age of six, when he immigrated from Central America with his parents. But when his grandfather's last wish is to be buried in his native soil, Sergio goes back to El Salvador on a dangerous mission fraught with unexpected disasters.
Brothers Gabriel and Gustavo are horrified when their father suggests that they spend the summer in California doing field work to earn extra money. They're not immigrants, and the idea seems totally humiliating. It's only when the promise of visiting Disneyland is offered that they ultimately agree to the vacation.
Zulema Ortiz is the meanest little girl in the world. She doesn't have any friends, animals run away from her in fear, and her mom doesn't know what to do with her. But maybe her Grandma Sabina does. In this exciting story about the consequences of being mean to others, Zulema learns something about herself, and possibly her grandmother too.
When seventh-grader Artie tells his best friend Joshua that there's a body buried in Mrs. Foley's garden, Josh doesn't believe him - at first. But when he walks by the house, he sees a mound of earth that does look like a grave. Young adult author and educator Ray Villareal has written yet another fast-paced, exciting novel for middle-school students that explores the impact of making poor decisions and the importance of choosing the right friends.
Twelve-year-old Marisol is on a journey from Mexico to Texas to reunite with the parents she hasn't seen in years. She has spent most of her life with her grandmother, and would rather stay with her in Mexico. Instead, Marisol finds herself living with strangers: parents she barely remembers and a younger brother who resents her intrusion in their lives. And aside from the difficulties in learning English, making friends, and dealing with her brother's jealousy, Marisol must come to terms with feelings of rejection. How could her parents have left her in Mexico while making a new life for themselves in the U.S.? This intriguing novel for young adults explores a contemporary issue - children separated from their parents, who are searching for better lives.
Rudy juggles everything going on his senior year at Roosevelt High School, including a relationship with his girlfriend Juanita, decisions about college, and his grandmother's recent Alzheimer's diagnosis. This novel is part of 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.
In this collection of coming-of-age stories, the reader is introduced to the cultural traditions of a border community: homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the day of the Three Magi, a carousel of saints, and a flock of pink plastic flamingoes.
In this sequel to Lorenzo's Secret Mission, the intrepid young adventurer is back to fulfill his commitment to the American Revolution. When General George Washington names Lorenzo a captain in the Continental Army, he is sent on another challenging mission: to purchase 500 head of cattle from the Spanish in Texas. Once again, Lorenzo finds himself charged with a quest that will bring him face to face with the notorious renegade rustlers of the southwest under the command of the menacing Chien d'Or. And just in the shadows, waits Saber Scar - the man that holds Lorenzo responsible for his capture and imprisonment - whose escape from prison is one short breath away.
Armed with a long knife, musket, and his father's medical bag, fifteen-year-old Lorenzo Bannister sets off to fulfill his father's deathbed wish. Lorenzo joins a secret flatboat operation delivering much-needed medicine and gunpowder to George Washington's army, leading the reader on a romping ride from the docks of New Orleans to the battlefields of the American Revolution. This action-packed historical novel for young people tells the story of the Spanish contribution to the American Revolution. Filled with adventure and the questions of freedom that plagued the beginning of the United States, the reader cannot help but be captured by Lorenzo's zeal for life and his crusade for a better future not only for himself, but for the people that he loves.
Sweet Fifteen explores male and female roles, budding romance, and the place of ritual in families and communities. The story also examines the stress felt by teenagers from traditional families caught up in the complex reality of modern-day life.E This appealing tale captures the spirit of the transformation from a child to an adult.
Serving as his brother's keeper and staying on a good path are some of the values that Beaver embodies as he tries to make a decent life for himself and his brother after his mother's death and his stint in prison. Younger brother Cande, a teen who has been left to fend for himself, has been abused by his father while Beaver served time. When Beaver returns home, neighbors and friends pitch in to help the boys. But some of the old pitfalls are still present, as is the danger of their father. Will the brothers' love for each other and their growing support system overcome the barriers and temptations that make a life of crime the easier way?E This book is an inspiration for young people, especially those who have faced the problems of city life and poverty.
The pieces in this anthology for young adults bear the struggles of discovering a new self and the trials of leaving behind an old one. Edited by well-known poet and essayist Judith Ortiz Cofer, the collection includes work by Pat Mora, Tomás Rivera, Virgil Suárez, and Helena María Viramontes.