Latino/a Kid Lit Challenge: What Can You Do With a Rebozo?

For the 2014 Latin@s in Kid Lit Reading Challenge:

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This turned out to be a bit more challenging than I thought is would be. My local public library usually has an excellent selection of books. I was very surprised when I did a keyword search for Latino/Latina and found very few titles. Fortunately, Latin@s in Kid Lit has pages of resources at the website, organized nicely by age in the navigation bar at the top of the page. Once I found specific titles to search for, I found my library did carry most of them after all.

Today I went with an older book, published in 2008. It has been pretty cold lately in many parts of North America, so that made me think of What Can You Do With a Rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla and illustrated by Amy Cordova.

The reader may have seen a woman wearing a rebozo and not known its name or cultural significance. A rebozo is a piece of woven fabric that is worn in Mexico. It is like a cross between a shawl and a scarf, and would be perfect for wrapping up in on a cold day.

What Can You Do With a Rebozo?In the story, a young girl finds many uses for a rebozo. She tries playful and imaginative applications like using a rebozo as a blindfold at a birthday party or as a pirate’s sash during a dress up game. She also discovers practical uses for the rebozo like covering up at night or carrying a baby. At the end of the book, the author challenges readers to come up with some uses for a rebozo of their own.

Besides being a fun and educational book, it also has some serious credentials. Author Carmen Tafolla, a professor at the University of Texas–San Antonio, was San Antonio’s first poet laureate. The book was an Américas Award Commended Title 2009, as well as a Pura Belpré Award Honor Book for illustration in 2009 (Note:  both these award sites would be good places to look for books for the Latin@s challenge).

What Can You Do With a Rebozo? is a lovely introduction to a unique piece of Mexican culture. It would be a wonderful selection for the ALA’s El día de los niños/El día de los libros celebration on April 30, 2014 or any opportunity to learn about world cultures.

Extension activities:

  • Pull out art work or photographs showing women wearing or using rebozos (Frida Kahlo often wears one) to share
  • Show children actual rebozos, or shawls or scarves if you don’t have access to authentic ones. Allow the children to free play with them and see what happens.
  • Serape or rebozo craft at Crayola (serapes were typically worn by men)

Also available:  What Can You Do With a Rebozo?/¿Qué puedes hacer con un rebozo? (English and Spanish Edition) (English and Spanish Edition)

Qué puedes hacer con un rebozo

Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tricycle Press (April 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1582462208
ISBN-13: 978-1582462202

Look for 2014 Latin@s in Kid Lit Reading Challenge books on the third Wednesday of each month.

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A Year of Multicultural Reading

Behind the scenes here at Wrapped in Foil we have lined up some exciting opportunities to share multicultural books this year. To kick the year off with a bang, let’s start with the 2014 Latin@s in Kid Lit Reading Challenge.

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The challenge is pretty straightforward:  read one book a month that is written by a Latin@ author and/or includes Latin@ characters, settings, themes, etc. from January 1, 2014-December 31, 2014.

How to participate: post somewhere that you are joining the 2014 Latin@s in Kid Lit Reading Challenge and then sign up in the comments of the Reading Challenge announcement including a direct link to your post. They also request that you copy and paste their reading challenge logo onto your site. Go to the announcement page for other suggestions how to participate and great suggestions for books and resources.

Some books we’ve already reviewed:

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore and illustrated by Susan L. Roth (review)

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The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway and illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault (review)

the-good-gardenEllen Ochoa: The First Hispanic Woman Astronaut by Maritza Romero (review)

Ellen-Ochoa-RomeroValerie Petrillo’s A Kid’s Guide to Latino History:  More than 50 Activities (review)

Latino-HistoryCan’t wait to add to the list.

Are you participating? If you’d like, let us know!

 

Celebrate Picture Book Month with King for A Day

November is an exciting month in the world of children’s literature because it is Picture Book Month! Let’s read, blog about, and get excited about picture books! Be sure to visit the link for daily essays and information about children’s picture book authors and illustrators, as well as lesson ideas and activities.

PBMLOGOWhat better way to start out than sharing a fascinating new picture book, King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan and illustrated by Christiane Krömer?

Set in Lahore, Pakistan during the kite festival of Basant, Malik has made only one kite to use in the kite battles. It is a special kite named Falcon. Will one kite be enough to help him defeat the bully next door? Will it be enough to allow him to become the king of Basant?

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Illustrated with mixed-media collages, the reader can almost feel the breeze that lifts the kites off the pages. The lively, fast-paced text keeps up the excitement and suspense.

Canadian author Rukhsana Khan was born in Lahore, Pakistan and is a perfect tour guide to introduce children to the region.

Looking for a book to accompany a geography lesson, introduce a culture, tackle the theme of bullying or teach an important lesson about overcoming obstacles? King for a Day is all that and much more. It is a terrific example of why we celebrate Picture Book Month!

Preview available at Lee & Low

Reading level:  Grade 3
School & Library Binding: 32 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books (October 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600606598
ISBN-13: 978-1600606595

Disclosures: This book was provided electronically for review purposes. I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products. As you probably are aware, if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product, I will receive a very small commission, at not extra cost to you. Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway and illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault the-good-garden(obtained as an electronic galley at NetGalley) is an inspiring story of a young girl from the hills of Honduras who helped her family learn how to grow their crops sustainably. Although listed in the children’s nonfiction section, the use of dialogue and made up names pushes it over into the creative nonfiction category.

In the beginning María’s family was struggling to grow enough even to feed themselves. When a new teacher comes to town, he teaches everyone new ways to grow crops, for example using terraces to cut down on erosion. Later he shows María and her family how to take their extra vegetables to the town and sell them directly, cutting out the greedy middle men called coyotes. By the end, they are able to make enough money to cover their basic needs.

Sylvie Daigneault’s illustrations are really what make this book. They are simply magical. You can see full examples in this post by Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough (CitizenKid) has a wonderful message about grassroots change and sustainability issues, but it also is an excellent introduction to another language and another culture. It has numerous Spanish words sprinkled throughout the text. With all that is being said recently about lack of diversity in children’s books, here is one prominent exception.

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Age Range: 8 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1554534887
ISBN-13: 978-1554534883

 

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Nonfiction Monday is a blogging celebration of nonfiction books for kids. We invite you to join us. For more information and a schedule, stop by Booktalking to see who is hosting each week.

Today’s round up is at Ms. Yingling Reads.