From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3—A boy tells about a special day with his father, recounting their adventures from waking up in the morning until they arrive at Abuela and Abuelo's house in the evening. Most of the text is in English, with Papá speaking Spanish and the child restating his words in English or using his actions to convey his father's meaning. In addition, the endpapers have the Spanish words and their English translations arranged like graffiti on a blue background. The emotional heart of the story is brought to life in Gutierrez's luminous illustrations. Making pancakes, walking down a city street together, or splashing through puddles at the park may seem simple, but they are choreographed like a dance. Climbing a tree, looking at the sky, and drawing faces in the sand all take on mythic qualities. The playful surrealism of the artwork makes an ordinary day seem extraordinary. As the boy and his papá embrace, they are outlined with glowing colors, and their smiling faces mirror their love for one another. Their special bond will resonate with children and parents, wherever they live and whatever their language.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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From the time they wake up in the morning, a Latino boy and his father have fun. They cook breakfast, walk out to the park, and then take the bus to visit Abuelo and Abuela. The simple words, in both Spanish and English, and the bright, exuberant unframed double-page pictures celebrate the loving connection between parent and child—whether they are standing close together sharing stories on the crowded bus or the boy tells his father, “I am flying, flying” as he climbs a tree. The big, swirling circles in the artwork embrace the characters within the widening arcs of sky and waves, as when the boy, his father, and the grandparents meet in one tight hug while the sun sets. Their curving bodies, set against the geometric shapes of the turning globe, evoke the magical realism of traditional Latino art. The father speaks Spanish, the boy is bilingual, and both English- and Spanish-speaking children will recognize the family connections. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Hazel Rochman