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A Song of Frutas

By Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Poetic street vendor tale highlights connection to roots.

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Colorful illustrations and short sentences draw readers in and make us want to sing along, our voices like bridges connecting us to one another. A Song of Frutas is a sweet story, poetic and filled with colorful moments. It celebrates shared moments etched in our memories and recalls what some hold most dear -- family. The colorful characters help illustrate a cultural setting that becomes part of the young girl's emotional journey to remain connected to her far away family and her cultural roots. illustrator Sara Palacios' detailed and playful illustrations beautifully depict diversity and make the story relatable to a wide audience. Each page displays a varied spectrum of brown skin shades that can prompt young readers to appreciate differences and find beauty within their own uniqueness. It's a story that can also speak to kids whose families don't look like everyone else's. At the end of the book, the author’s note explains more about los pregoneros (street vendors who cry out to announce their wares) and shares details about the effects of travel restrictions on Cuban and Cuban American families. Author Margarita Engle also explains why she chose to use Spanglish in this text and talks about the tradition of eating 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve.

Kids who are first-generation American will identify with the main character's experiences, her strong longing for home, her desire to see far away family, and her hope for a future when they can all be together again.

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