Playing Loteria
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Annotation: A boy has a good time attending a fair with his grandmother in San Luis de La Paz, Mexico, as she teaches him Spanish words and phrases and he teaches her English.
Catalog Number: #2061
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2006
Illustrator: Arena, Jill,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-87358-919-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-06031-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-87358-919-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-06031-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2004020231
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Reviews:
Horn Book
A young boy who doesn't speak much Spanish visits his grandmother in Mexico and is intrigued by the words and phrases on Loteri­a, or Mexican bingo cards. His grandmother agrees to teach him the Spanish words if he teaches her the English equivalents. It makes narrative sense for this book to be bilingual, and the warm, richly colored paintings add to the appeal.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 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 lotería 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. There are a few rough spots along the way, but by the time his mother shows up to fetch him, the young hero is ...the best caller in San Luis! This is a warm and reassuring story of a boy's involvement not only with his family but also his culture. The prose flows easily in both English and Spanish. Arena's spirited primitive acrylics are reminiscent of Anita de Lucio-Brock's art for Juan Felipe Herrera's Grandma and Me at the Flea/Los meros meros remateros (Children's Book Press, 2002) in color and sense of place.
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Horn Book (4/1/06)
School Library Journal (10/1/05)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 1,007
Reading Level: 2.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 86932 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.6 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q36898
Lexile: AD560L

Together a little boy and his grandma discover a world of language and realize that loved ones have special ways of understanding each other.


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