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Monday, Wednesday, and every other weekend

Henry Cooper and his dog Pomegranate live in two houses. On Monday, Wednesday and every other weekend they live with Mama on East Flower Street. On Tuesday, Thursday and every other weekend they live two and a half blocks away at Papa’s house. Henry finds things to appreciate wherever he is, but Pomegranate feels a bit differently.

 

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Spring, 2014. Feiwel & Friends

Spring, 2014. Feiwel & Friends


Papi's Gift

2007. Boyds Mills Press. Illustrated by René King Moreno

2007. Boyds Mills Press. Illustrated by René King Moreno

True to a small Latina girl’s experience, this moving picture book tells the migrant labor story from the viewpoint of the child left behind. When drought dries up the crops, Papi must leave the family’s village to pick fruit in faraway California, and Graciela misses him all the time. The warm pastel pictures show her close with her mother and siblings on their hot, dry farm south of the border (the story doesn’t indicate a specific setting). In a moving scene, they make the Sunday call on the village pay phone, and Papi tells her he is sending a gift for her seventh birthday. She waits and waits, and when the box is lost, Papi cries on the phone, while the girl is furious; Mami consoles her by making a beautiful doll from dried cornhusks and fabric scraps. The realistic story has suspense and hope–and surprise–but no false comfort, as the girl waits and waits for Papi’s return. With occasional Spanish expressions, the particulars root the experience in one child’s yearning, even while they speak of universals.

Hazel Rochman. Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved 

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Mr. K and Yudi

Mr. K and Yudi are family. Told from the dog’s point of view, Mr. K and Yudi is a love story and an adventure story involving a smart dog, his loving man/owner and lots of fabulous shoes. When Mr. K and Yudi are mysteriously separated, the brave pup must venture forth to find his friend. Fear not, the ending is a happy one. A book for dog lovers, shoe lovers and book lovers too.

 

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Spring, 2001. Children's Golden Books.

Spring, 2001. Children's Golden Books.