My Neighbor Frankie
My Neighbor Frankie
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Annotation: A beautiful poetic story about growing old, loneliness, empathy and intergenerational relationships. About community, respect, and love. Encourage tearing down walls and lending a hand with an open heart to those who are lonely around you.
Catalog Number: #218711
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Cuento De Luz
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Poyato, Eva,
Pages: 24
Availability: Available
ISBN: 84-16-73386-4
ISBN 13: 978-84-16-73386-6
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A young boy tells of his friendship with his neighbor Frankie, who’s “kind of old and walks with a stoop."In this sweet story, originally published in Spain, the young narrator describes all the things that make his neighbor Frankie special. Frankie has lived a life full of adventure and excitement. Originally from South America, Frankie has “traveled across half the world” on all modes of transportation, and he’s worked in the circus and also the theater. But best of all, Frankie tells stories that leave young David sitting still and amazed. And sometimes, as Frankie sits at home, with his years and his memories and his many pets out of control, he says “all sorts of colorful things. From our house, we can hear just how mad he gets.” And whereas his mother seeks to reassure the boy Frankie is “just a crazy old guy,” the boy makes no judgment and accepts Frankie just as he is, showing a true understanding of the meaning of friendship. The stylized and playful artwork in saturated colors against mostly white backgrounds tends toward the surreal, full of playful angles, patterns, and details (such as the “colorful things” emanating from Frankie’s house). They depict the characters as White; David has blond hair, and Frankie has a prominent jaw and a bald head.A charming story of intergenerational friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD640L

Childhood and old age go hand in hand in this beautiful poetic text. My neighbor Frankie is an old man who has lived many adventures. Mom says I shouldn't pay much attention to him because he's a grumpy grandfather who doesn't know what he's saying anymore. But what Mom doesn't know is that Frankie is the smartest man I know. Frankie has traveled across half the world on foot and by horse, in trains and cars, in boats and planes. A long time ago, he used to work in the circus, and also in the theater! I love when he sits down and tells me all his stories and adventures --he always amazes me! Frankie has a lot of pets: a dog, a cat, two turtles... and a talking parrot! He can even recite poems and pronounce the most complicated tongue twisters ever without making a single mistake. It is true that sometimes Frankie gets very angry with his animal friends, but he is a kind person with a giant heart. And most important of all: he is my friend. Read the first pages of Mi vecino Paco here below:

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