Sunday, November 1, 2009

El Juego de la Loteria

El Juego de la Loteria

Elementary Grades

Written and Illustrated by: Rene Colato Lainez and Jill Arena

"A young boy is going to Mexico to visit his grandmother, and he is concerned. After all, she speaks very little English, and his Spanish is vestigial. His mother assures him that all will be well and that he will come home speaking Spanish. His insecurities begin to vanish when he discovers his grandmother's job. She is a canta in a loterĂ­a booth, a game similar to Bingo. However, in place of numbers, there are cards with pictures on them, matching the pictures on the board. His grandmother calls out a rhyme that corresponds to each picture, and the boy is caught. He wants to know those rhymes. His grandmother is only too happy to teach him, but only if he will teach her English. The prose flows easily in both English and Spanish."

School Library Journal Review

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