Rosi CoquÍ's brother, Rafi, finds magic–and mischief–in everything, from the magnetic sand he does tricks with to a bay filled with algae that look like glittering stars. Then one day Rafi's pet hermit crab runs away. Now it's Rosi's turn to show her brother that she knows where to look for magic, too. Can she find the crab in time for them to watch it shed its shell?
This joyful tale of two curious young Puerto Rican tree frogs is charmingly illustrated in brilliant color by acclaimed author and artist Lulu Delacre. Young readers will especially enjoy sounding out a sprinkling of easy Spanish words that add flavor to the story. The book includes a glossary, and fun facts explain how science can be magical.
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Lulu Delacre was born in Puerto Rico and her childhood there gave her the inspiration to create Rafi and Rosi. She studied art first at the University of Puerto Rico and later at L'Ecole SupÉrieure d'Arts Graphiques, in Paris, France. Now living in Maryland with her husband and daughter, Ms. Delacre delights in bringing her Latina heritage to life in books such as Arroz Con Leche; Shake It, Morena; and Salsa Stories.
Lulu Delacre naciÓ en Puerto Rico, donde creciÓ cazando lagartijas, haciendo dibujos y escuchando la canciÓn nocturna del coquÍ. EstudiÓ arte primero en la Universidad de Puerto Rico y luego en L’Ecole SupÉrieure D’Arts Graphiques, en ParÍs, Francia. Ahora vive en Maryland con su esposo y su hija. A Lulu Delacre le da mucha satisfacciÓn crear cuentos en espaÑol y en inglÉs que celebran su herencia latina, como por ejemplo: Arroz Con Leche; Shake It, Morena; y Salsa Stories.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-3--This book features three easy-to-read stories about two Puerto Rican tree frogs, enterprising Rafi and his younger sister, Rosi. In the first story, Rafi announces that for a nickel, he'll turn gray sand white or black. Actually, he's passing a magnet under his sandbox and he manages to trick Rosi and a couple of friends before he is found out. Next, he almost convinces Rosi that the stars have fallen from the sky and are twinkling in the bay. It's the algae in the water that causes the sea to shimmer with bioluminescence (explained in an epilogue). Finally, it is Rosi's turn to help her big brother out when his beloved pet, a cobito,or small hermit crab, disappears. The teasing banter and tender rapport between the siblings are the most appealing features of these stories. Delacre's brightly colored cartoon illustrations add detail and a light touch. There is also a helpful glossary of Spanish words/phrases, and an appended "Did You Know About..." section adds some interesting facts about Puerto Rico.--Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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