A gift from Papa Diego = Un regalo de Papa Diego: Un Regalo de Papa Diego
A gift from Papa Diego = Un regalo de Papa Diego: Un Regalo de Papa Diego
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Annotation: When Little Diego gets a Superman outfit for his birthday, he hopes to fly across the border to Mexico to be with his grandfather whom he loves.
Catalog Number: #4653583
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: 1998
Illustrator: Garcia, Geronimo,
Pages: 39 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-938317-33-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-938317-33-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 97020640
Dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Little Diego is lonely for his beloved grandfather PapaDiego, whose home is far away across the border in Mexico. After reading the old Superman comics that his father used to learn English as a boy, Little Diego asks for a Superman suit for his birthday so that he can fly across the border to visit PapaDiego. Crushed when he realizes that wearing the Superman suit cannot help him fly, the young boy's disappointment turns to happiness when he discovers that PapaDiego has come to visit. As his grandfather reminds his little namesake: A border is nothing for people who love. Too long for story time and, perhaps, too young for most of the chapter-book crowd, this could still be the right book at the right time for certain kids. Full of child appeal, Garcia's painted clay, claymation-style illustrations are unusual and entertaining. Sensitively told and true to the experience of many Mexican Americans, this bilingual picture book bridges the borders that separate all families who must live far apart from their loved ones. (Reviewed May 1, 1998)
Kirkus Reviews
A nicely done bilingual tale about a little boy who misses his grandfather. Little Diego lives in Texas, but Pap Diego remains across the border in Mexico. When his father gives him some old Superman comics to look at, Dieguito gets an idea: If he had a Superman suit he could fly across the border to see Pap Diego every day. He asks for one for his birthday, but the suit doesn't perform as expected. Bitterly disappointed, Dieguito thinks he's having an awful birthday until a surprise visit from Pap Diego gives him exactly what he's been wishing for. Parallel columns of text tell the story in English and in Spanish, accompanied by innovative illustrations, originally modeled with clay, then painted with acrylics and photographed. Reminiscent of Mexican folk art, they fit the story especially well, conveying its warmth and poignancy; geometric clay borders and small figurines on text pages complete the package. (Picture book. 6-12)
Publishers Weekly
A border is nothing for people who love,"""" Papa Diego tells his young grandson, also named Diego, in this engaging, bilingual picture-book debut by American Book Award winner Saenz. Diego's birthday is coming, and he longs to see his Papa Diego, who lives far away in Chihuahua, Mexico. He knows his grandfather is old and that it's hard to cross the border. Diego fantasizes about flying there in his new Superman suit, until he walks into the kitchen and finds his beloved grandpa waiting for him. The artwork isn't quite on par with this fine text. Children's book newcomer Garcia employs terra-cotta clay painted with acrylics to create the homey illustrations and page borders. While the clay medium gives the artwork a three-dimensional quality, it does not allow for much subtlety in facial expressions, and there are some minor inconsistencies in the way the characters are portrayed from spread to spread. Despite this, readers--bilingual or not--will likely enjoy this emotionally satisfying family story. A glossary is included. Ages 5-10. (Apr.)
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Word Count: 2,704
Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 18345SP / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: M

Sensitively told and true to the experience of many Mexican Americans, this bilingual picture book bridges the borders that separate all families who must live far apart from their loved ones.-- Booklist "...accompanied by innovative illustrations, originally modeled with clay. Reminiscent of Mexican folk art, they fit the story especially well, conveying its warmth and poignancy."-- Kirkus Reviews "A tender love story of a book...a kiss on the forehead at bedtime!"--Naomi Shihab Nye "A stylist in both poetry and prose, Sáenz has now taken his magic of flight to younger readers. This is his gift to them. Parents, snuggle up to your children at night and read this delightful tale of Dieguito."--Gary Soto "La traduccíon al español es buena y el diseño del libro es atractivo."-- People en Español "The tender story in A Gift From Papá Diego / Un regalo de Papá Diego by Benjamin Alire Saenz is sprinkled with Spanish expressions throughout the English version, adding to the flavor of this bilingual tale. A glossary of the terms used is provided at the end of the book. In addition, a complete Spanish text is printed on each half page. Illustrations of wonderful clay figures painted with bright colors highlight the narrative and provide an attractive graphic border. This paperback original is a debut into the world of children's books for Mr. Saenz, and he has succeeded in writing a poignant read-aloud book for young children - at once entertaining and comforting."-- Barbara Bonds Thomas Benjamin Alire Sáenz was born in his grandmother's house in Picacho, New Mexico--a farming village 40 miles north of the border between Mexico and the United States. Ben's parents spoke mostly Spanish at home and his grandparents spoke only Spanish, so Ben learned much of his English from his brothers and sisters, his friends, and by watching cartoons on television. When he was a little boy, he was a passionate reader of comic books--Superman, Spiderman, Batman, and all the rest of the Super Heros. Ben thought it was cool that Superman could fly. Growing up, Ben discovered that he liked to write. He liked to draw and paint, too.


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