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Icy Watermelon / Sandía fría

Icy Watermelon / Sandía fría

Spring 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
Author: Mary Sue Galindo
Illustrator: Pauline Rodriguez Howard
ISBN: 1-55885-306-5
Hardcover Price: $14.95
In this bilingual tale, siblings María, Sarita and Hugo live in the country, where their grandparents visit them every Sunday. On this particular day, all enjoy chilled watermelon together on the porch. That treat leads Abuelo (Grandpa), to reminisce about how he met the children's grandmother while delivering watermelons as a young man. After some gentle joking and teasing, the children plant their watermelon seeds. The realistic pastel drawings bring out the family's common traits-- chubby bodies, luminous skins and bright smiles-- and convey the simple and very satisfying pleasure of a family enjoying one another's company with a cool, sweet treat on a hot summer night.
Ina Rimpau   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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