Saturday, October 21, 2017
Book Review: 'Just In Case' by Yuyi Morales
Mexico born California author Yuyi Morales has won many awards for her wholly unique children’s books that portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. As Yuyi states, she was raised among giant grandmothers, mossy house walls, and rampaging feral gardens that fostered a strong bond with the magical stories that ran in her family. Her wise and entertaining books not only tell wonderful stories but also insert Hispanic vocabulary and educuational tools (math, alphabet, etc) so important in our growing appreciation and admiration for the Latino populace and culture and for the educational process for all chldren. Not only are her stories superb, she also fills her pages with her terrific illustrations that enhance the flavor of her books.
JUST IN CASE is a colorful and sensitive tale that provides inforation and a great story with Señor Calvera, the skeleton from Day of the Dead celebrations. As her synopsis reads, ‘Señor Calvera is worried. He can't figure out what to give Grandma Beetle for her birthday. Misunderstanding the advice of Zelmiro the Ghost, Señor Calvera decides not to get her one gift, but instead one gift for every letter of the alphabet, just in case. Una Acordéon: An accordion for her to dance to. Bigotes: A mustache because she has none. Cosquillas: Tickles to make her laugh…only to find out at the end of the alphabet that the best gift of all is seeing her friends.’
Rich visually, educationally valid and offer in English with Spanish vocabulary Yuyi accomplishes a mission so desperately needed as we as a society grow in understanding and apprecation of all cultures. A sure contender for both the Newbery and Caldecott awards. Grady Harp, October 16
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