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One Sunday morning, Fernando Flórez, his parents, grandparents, and sister head to a random destination for an outing -- San Vicente. When they arrive in the center of town, they see many people preparing for a kite festival. The Flórez family waste no time joining in the fun. Unfortunately, all the stores are closed, so buying a kite's out. But by using their ingenuity -- along with found objects -- they successfully put one together. Although they encounter some challenges along the way, they can always find a solution with a little thinking. A surprise comes at the end of the day, with the mayor of San Vicente on hand to deliver it.
A warm family story set at a festival much like one Leyla Torres attended as a child in her native country of Colombia.
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Leyla Torres is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Saturday Sancocho/El sancocho del sabado. She lives in Arlington, Vermont.
Kindergarten-Grade 3–Fernando and Grandpa Félix plan a Sunday outing by having the boy close his eyes and place his finger on a map. Then Mama packs a picnic lunch, Papa checks the gas tank, and the whole family piles into the car. When they reach their destination, San Vicente, they discover that a kite festival is underway. Fernando and his grandfather imaginatively put together a kite out of materials at hand, as each member of the family, from the boy's little sister to Grandma Felisa, contributes some vital part. At the end of the day, they are awarded a prize for the most original entry. The text is concise yet lyrical, and the soft watercolor illustrations enhance the gentle tone of the narrative. Tips on kite flying are embedded in the text. The book concludes with clear instructions for making a kite out of easy-to-find materials. Although not flashy, the book is quietly satisfying, and fills a gap in picture books with Hispanic characters.–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110374380546
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2004. Condition: New. Leyla Torres (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0374380546