The Old Man & His Door
The Old Man & His Door
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Annotation: A look at what happens when you don't listen carefully.
Catalog Number: #221197
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 1996
Edition Date: 1998
Illustrator: Cepeda, Joe,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-698-11654-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-35058-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-698-11654-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-35058-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 94027085
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In the universal tradition of the wise-fool story, this gentle disaster tale is funny and affectionate. A glossary at the front explains the Spanish words in the text, and Soto quotes from a Mexican song that frames his story. An old man doesn't listen carefully to his wife's instructions, so instead of taking the pig (el puerco to a barbecue party, he sets out with the front door (la puerta on his back. e gets into trouble on the way, usually through helping others, and each time, he's rewarded with something for the barbecue. Although the old man means well, he doesn't quite get it, but from his confusion, innocence, and generosity, things come out all right. Both the troubles and the rewards are small (when he makes a crying baby laugh, she gives him a kiss, which he later passes on to his wife). Cepeda's brightly colored illustrations express the droll humor with character, loving detail, and a strong sense of theater. The combination is great for reading aloud. (Reviewed April 1, 1996)
Horn Book
Instead of bringing 'el puerco', a pig, to their neighbors' barbecue as his wife asks, an old man puts the door, 'la puerta', over his back and heads to the house of 'la comadre'. Along the way, the door becomes very useful to him, assisting him in good deeds. Thickly textured illustrations in rich colors place the amiable, rotund man at center stage, emphasizing the story's humor. Glos.
Kirkus Reviews
Soto (The Cat's Meow, 1995, etc.) has a lighthearted approach to the perils of miscommunication. The viejo (old man) is told by his wife to bring el puerco (pig) to a barbecue, but he hears it as la puerta (door). Trudging through the village streets with his front door strapped to his back, he finds a host of creative uses for the bizarre potluck offering: He provides a resting place for a goose, helps move a piano, and saves a boy from drowning. The story pokes gentle fun at the elderly while showing the social value of eccentric points of view. The fact that the misunderstanding takes place in another language heightens the fun; confusing a door with a pig is even more ludicrous in English than in Spanish. A sprinkling of common Spanish terms appear in the text and are included in a glossary, while Cepeda makes brilliant use of color, form, and perspective to add humor to the work. It's a story children will want to retell themselves. (Picture book. 4-8)"
School Library Journal
PreS--A playful original folktale that is sure to get laughs at story time. When an old man's wife asks him to take a pig (el puerco) to roast at a party, he thinks she means the front door (la puerta). As he lugs the heavy wooden door to the festivities, he assists various animals and people and manages to collect a hat full of honey, a goose egg, a fish, and two watermelons. When he finally arrives, his wife is not angry about the confusion because the food her husband brings makes for a fine feast, even without the pig. Cepeda's bold paintings, featuring a round old man, a feisty old lady in tennis shoes, and a smiling pink pig, are perfect for group sharing. A glossary defines Spanish words and phrases scattered throughout the text. Pair this book with stories about "Amelia Bedelia" (HarperCollins) for a story time about miscommunication.--Denise E. Agosto, Midland County Public Library, TX
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ALA Booklist (4/1/96)
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Horn Book (4/1/96)
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
Word Count: 1,272
Reading Level: 3.5
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 23969 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.2 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q31500
Lexile: 700L
Guided Reading Level: M
Fountas & Pinnell: M

Who would bring the door, la puerta, to a picnic instead of the pig, el puerco? An old man who's great at gardening but lousy at listening to his wife! "In the universal tradition of the wise-fool story, this gentle disaster tale is funny and affectionate....The combination is great for reading aloud." -- Booklist"Cepeda makes brilliant use of color, form, and perspective to add humor to the work. It's a story children will want to retell themselves." -- Kirkus Reviews


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