Puerto Rico's magical Carnival is full of sights and sounds to explore. Rosi Coquí is determined to show her brother the very best way to enjoy the parade, while Rafi has a plan to make his sister queen for a day! But when Rafi scares Rosi with his terrible vejigante mask, she decides it's time to teach him a lesson. Little sister has a few tricks up her sleeve–and it's all part of the mischief of Carnival!
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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 Booklist:
Gr. 1-3. In this I Can Read book, Rafi and Rosi are frog siblings who live in Puerto Rico, where it's Carnival time. In the first of the four short chapters, Rafi tells his sister that she can be Carnival Queen, which is hotly disputed by her neighbor, Do'f1a Carmen, who is one of the judges. Rafi tempers Rosi's disappointment by making her a float from a wagon. Eventually, the two get to the parade, but Rafi's mask scares Rosi, who runs off, thus scaring her brother. There are several problems here, including Rafi's propensity for upsetting Rosi. The addendum of projects (including a periscope with mirrors) doesn't mention safety or the need for adult help except for a note about attaching an elastic band to the back of a mask. The draws here are a text peppered with Spanish (there's a glossary up front), the Puerto Rican setting, and a chance to learn about a new celebration. The watercolor artwork is nice but too often illustrates the least dramatic of the events. For libraries that serve a Puerto Rican community or where there's demand for easy readers or books with Spanish words. Ilene Cooper
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11006073597X