5.0 out of 5 stars High quality children's book, September 19, 2012
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This review is from: PEQUENA THE BURRO Hispanic Heritage Children's Picture Book (Fully Illustrated Version) (Kindle Edition)
This is a lovely little story with beautifully drawn illustrations;
PEQUENA THE BURRO
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Fully Illustrated Version
Picture Book for reading with the younger child - ages 3-6
This version of PEQUENA THE BURRO includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.
PEQUENA THE BURRO will help promote an appreciation of diverse heritages and emphasize the bonds that unite all people.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HERITAGE
Explore the uniqueness of every child's cultural inheritance.
When Pequena is feeling ordinary, and inadequate because she is "only a burro," a wise friend reminds her that being a burro is a great gift. He recalls the strength, the steadfastness, and the capacity for work that were the burro's important contributions to the building of Mexico. With a clearer vision of who she is, Pequena transforms doubt into determination. She will inspire children to do the same. Pequena the Burro will help promote an appreciation of diverse heritages, and emphasize the bonds that unite all people.
"I'm only a burro," says Pequena. "Useless as a broken toy. Common as a dishrag." With that moment of self-doubt our shaggy little heroine begins a journey of self-discovery that will speak to any child who has ever wondered, Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going?
Pequena's wise friend Sabio tells her about the strength, the steadfastness, and the capacity for hard work that were the burro's important contributions to the building of Mexico, and Pequena soon gets a chance to call upon that heritage and to prove that being a burro is a great gift.
Mexico City is the setting for Author Jami Parkison's inspiring story, and the heritage of that metropolis leaps from every colorful page. Award-winning illustrator Itoko Maeno presents a grand tour of Chapultepec Park-a cultural treasure from the time of the Aztec emperors-and creates a festive grand finale for Pequena's story at the Dia de la Independencia parade in the historic heart of the capital city.
Pequena will introduce children to the heritage of the burro and of Mexico and spark their curiosity about the "gold and silver shoes" of ther own heritage.
A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information"
A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...the importance of heritage. So even though on the surface this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.