Alicia's fruity drinks = Las aguas frescas de Al
Alicia's fruity drinks = Las aguas frescas de Al
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Annotation: After enjoying a fruit drink called aguas frescas during a festival celebrating Mexico's independence, seven-year-old Alicia and her mother make their own at home, then invite Alicia's soccer team over to try them.
Catalog Number: #5175366
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Illustrator: Lacamara, Laura,
Pages: 1 volume (unpaged)
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-558-85705-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-558-85705-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2011038917
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Readers follow Alicia as she discovers the naturally sweet and satisfying taste of aguas frescas traditional, fruit-based beverage from her mother's Mexican American childhood. Before long, Alicia develops her own method to concoct this treat and offers it to her soccer mates after practice in lieu of red soda. Lacámara complements Alicia's story with vibrantly hued scenes of the community and images of glasses filled to the brim with brightly colored fruit juice. Like Diane de Anda's A Day without Sugar / Un día sin azúcar (2012), the plot is at times burdened by the didactic message of the dangers of diabetes ("Sometimes we can prevent it by watching what we eat and exercising. That's why I don't like for you to drink sodas"). Still, the book pairs nicely with Diane Gonzales Bertrand's Sofía and the Purple Dress / Sofía y el vestido morado (2012) as part of a larger conversation on nutrition, health, and families. Overall, an enjoyable read about the unexpected benefits of reclaiming d innovating mily traditions.
Kirkus Reviews
The fruit-blended juice drinks known as aguas frescas offered at a fair inspire a little girl and her mother to serve their own version after soccer practice. Alicia really likes the taste of these fruit drinks and learns from her mother that they can easily be made at home with a blender, fresh fruit, ice cubes and water. Mimicking the aguas frescas stand with all its flavors, they try out strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon and pineapple. Alicia wonders if sugar should be added to the recipe, but mother says that the fruit itself provides enough sweetness and is much healthier than sodas. When a soccer teammate needs testing for diabetes, Alicia's invitation to have the team over for her fruity drinks also encourages everyone to avoid drinking the canned soda by trying a delicious substitute. The dual English/Spanish text is augmented by summery scenes in opaque, rich colors. The not-so-subtle message that diabetes, sugar and lack of exercise can all be related adds a didactic, cautionary tone to the otherwise pleasant story of sisterhood through soccer. The simplicity of the suggested idea that homemade fruit juice will always be fun to make and delicious to drink is appealing. (Picture book. 6-8)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4&12; Alicia attends a fiesta where she learns about aguas frescas , or smoothies, and asks her mother if they can try them at home. They do, using a blender that makes the drinks slightly different from what she had experienced at the fiesta. When Alicia learns that one of her friends on her soccer team has diabetes, she invites the entire team to her house for healthy, no-sugar-added aguas frescas . The book lacks a recipe, but the illustrations make you want to grab whatever fruit you have available and fire up the blender right away! This book will pair well with A Day Without Sugar/Un d&7;a sin azucar .
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School Library Journal (9/1/12)
Word Count: 875
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 152601 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: N

Seven-year-old Alicia and her parents are enjoying the annual festival celebrating Mexico¿s independence. There are mariachis strolling across the festival grounds, folkloric dancers twirling in their colorful costumes and brightly colored booths lining the plaza. But the hot day has made Alicia thirsty so her mother suggests aguas frescas and points to a booth lined with jars of brightly colored fruit juice. ¿Mami, this tastes better than that red soda I drink after soccer practice. Can we make some of these at home?¿ Soon, Alicia is perfecting her own recipe and sharing it with her teammates after soccer practices and games. In this bilingual picture book for children ages 5-8, a young girl discovers a treat from her mother¿s Mexican-American childhood and becomes her friends¿ favorite player with her healthy, frothy fruit drinks.


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