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An original take on losing a tooth.
This little girl has tried everything to make her loose tooth come out before her dad?s birthday (except letting her brother yank it) so she?ll have money to buy him a gift. Nothing has worked and now it?s the big day. She just can?t go to his party empty handed! At the last second, her mom helps her think of a gift that doesn?t require any money?just imagination and heart. I have no dinero, this card?s all I?ve got. / But, Papi, te quiero, I love you a lot. And her dad couldn?t be happier.
Susan Middleton Elya?s trademark mix of Spanish vocabulary and fun verse combined with vibrant paintings by Jenny Mattheson will inspire lots of homemade gifts (and patience with loose teeth).
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Susan Middleton Elya lives in Danville, California.
Jenny Mattheson lives in Berkeley, California.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-K—A young girl laments that her wiggly tooth will not fall out soon enough to enable her to collect tooth fairy money to buy a birthday gift for Papá. The rhyming story includes a mix of Spanish words within the English-language context—"I needed that tooth out/today, not mañana./But yanking? Too painful./I tried a manzana." The cheerful illustrations rendered in oil using a palette with shades of orange and rust show a delightful extended family willing to help the child with her problem. Traditional foods such as avocados, tamales, and tortillas decorate the birthday table as the congenial family gathers to celebrate. Young children will be able to relate to the simple, yet realistic, conclusion to the tale. A basic glossary, with pronunciation guide, precedes the text. This will be a welcome addition for both bilingual children and those who are looking to expand and reinforce their basic Spanish vocabulary.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11039924459X
Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 2008. Condition: New. Jennifer Mattheson (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M039924459X