Adelita and the Veggie Cousins/Adelita y las primas verduritas.
Grades K-3
Thursday, December 22, 2011
by: Paula Gonzales

Section: Children's Book Reviews

Fall/Winter 2011

Reviewed by Paula Gonzales

It’s Adelita’s first day at school and like most kids, she’s concerned about making new friends. Miss Cantu, the class teacher begins the first lesson on the importance of vegetables and why it’s healthier to eat fresh vegetables. She invites each child to select a fresh vegetable from a big straw basket and as Adelita watches with excitement, she’s handed a vegetable. Adelita discovers that she’s holding a veggie cousin in her hands and makes friends with another classmate with the matching veggie. The lesson continues on how vegetables can have several veggie cousins and now Adelita’s elated that she not only has one veggie cousin, but has made several new friends in the process. Award winning Bertrand along with Rodriguez produce a delightful bilingual story with clear and conspicuous illustrations that will resound with children adapting to a new social setting. Recommended.

Adelita and the Veggie Cousins/Adelita y las primas verduritas. Diane Gonzales Bertrand. Illus. by Christina Rodriguez. Houston, TX: Pinata Books, 2011. 32 pp. $16.95 (Paperback). ISBN 978-1-55885-699-8. Grades K-3. Bilingual English and Spanish.

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