Looking for Uncle Louie on the Fourth of July

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It's the fourth of July, and Joe and his parents have come to watch the big parade. They join the crowd that lines the street. People are talking and laughing and joking. But "where is Uncle Louie?" Joe wonders, as the high school band marches by, with twirlers out front flinging their batons high in the air. A mariachi band plays the national anthem. There are clowns, too, and a parade of horses. But there is no sign of Uncle Louie. Now Joe worries that Uncle Louie will miss the big parade. Then Joe sees a flash of chrome. Here come the lowriders! Kathy Whitehead's joyous story captures the thrill of watching an Independence Day parade in the American Southwest. Pablo Torrecilla's spirited illustrations capture the parade's big event: the arrival of the lowriders. But where in the world is Uncle Louie?

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About the Author:

Kathy Whitehead taught elementary school for several years and continues to work as a substitute teacher. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in College Station, Texas.

Pablo Torrecilla, who grew up in Madrid, Spain, has illustrated a number of books for children. He now resides in California.

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PreSchool-Grade 3–In this story set in south Texas, a boy enjoys a holiday parade with his parents while keeping an eye out for his Uncle Louie. Policemen on motorcycles clear the road of traffic and the festivities begin. A marine band with flags flying marches by while the sailors on the ships in the nearby harbor salute. The soldiers are followed by the high school band with baton twirlers, dancers wearing cowboy boots and bandanas, and a conjunto band playing a "hot like jalapeños" version of the "Star Spangled Banner." All the while, Joe is wondering when his uncle will join them. Then a rumbling is heard up the street as the lowriders arrive. A bright yellow car thrills the crowd when it balances on three wheels. A long red-and-white automobile with Lady Liberty painted on the hood stops and the driver steps out. It's Uncle Louie, and Joe gets to ride in his spectacular car. Torrecilla's digitally enhanced acrylic illustrations are filled with bright, sunny colors. The crowd is as visually interesting as the parade. They are dancing to music, taking photographs, clapping, and waving. A solid addition to holiday collections, this book would also work well in summer storytimes.–Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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