Story and Pictures by Duncan Tonatiuh
Charlie lives in New York City; his primo (first cousin) Carlitos lives in rural Mexico. Read their letters to each other and admire the illustrations in flat but fascinating Mixtec style. Tell them apart by Charlie’s baseball cap and Carlitos’ tousled hair. Learn 28 Spanish words from comparisons like getting to school by subway or bicycle. Favorite snacks? Carlitos makes quesadillas, while Charlie favors a pizza slice. When it’s hot, Carlitos jumps into a nearby rio, but his primo enjoys cooling off when a fire hydrant’s opened. Of course, Carlitos gets to shop in a colorful market; Charlie shops with his mom in a supermarket. Best is street entertainment: Carlitos loves fireworks and mariachis outside a tall cathedral, while Charlie and friends watch a New York parade. Both cousins decide it’s high time for a visit. Kids will realize that, no matter where they live--or whether their traditions include trick-or-treating or posadas with a piñata--people are People!
2010, Ages 4 to 8
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.