Let Me Help!

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Children's Book Press, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 31 pages
"Let me help! Let me help!" Perico learns this phrase from little Martita, who's been saying it a lot lately. When the whole family scrambles to prepare for Cinco de Mayo, Perico knows there must be some way he can help — even if he is just a parrot. Perico tries to help abuela make delicious tamales. He tries to help craft beautiful paper flowers for the barge his family will take down the San Antonio river. He even tries to help the boys practice their mariachi number on the porch. But at every turn Perico is shooed away, until he finally figures out how he can add to the Cinco de Mayo fun. Acclaimed children’s book author Alma Flor Ada's tale is the story of every young reader who has been told he or she is too little or too young to help. Angela Domínguez's vibrant paintings glow with the rich colors of the southwest. Let Me Help!/¡Quiero ayudar! is a joyful, rhythmic, read-aloud you can celebrate year-round.
 

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Marisol is always mismatched; her clothes, her school work (she writes her name in both cursive and print), and in her play (such as playing soccer as a pirate). A friend challenges her to start ... Read full review

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Alma Flor Ada was born in 1938 in Cuba. She has authored several children's folktales including "Encaje de Piedra" which earned her the Marta Salotti Gold Medal, "The Gold Coin" which won the Christopher Award, and "Gathering the Sun" which received the Once Upon a World Award. "The Lizard and the Sun/La Lagartija y el Sol" won her a Gold Medal from the National Association of Parenting Publications, and she was awarded an Accolade from the American Folklore Association for "Mediopollito/Half-Chicken". Her title "Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba" won the Pura Belpre Award. In addition to writing, she is a professor at the University of San Francisco.

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