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Paletero Man

By Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Refreshing tale celebrates Chicano culture and community.

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This vivid picture book illustrates a colorful community in which the paletero man is the unsung hero. Paletero Man is a beautiful story that teaches lessons of kindness and goodness. A story as delightful as a juicy paleta de "chocolate, elote, sandia, o fresa, arroz con leche, miel, o cereza." It's worth noting that the characters in this story are also as diverse and colorful as the variety of paleta flavors -- Latino characters, Mexican street food vendors, Ms. Lee, who sells Korean BBQ tacos, black and brown children who play together in the park. If you look carefully you'll even spot a child running through the park wearing a hijab.

An author's note at the back of the book reveals Diaz's inspiration for Paletero Man -- the book and song. Read it to learn about Eighth Street -- a stretch of vendor-lined streets (like the one in the book) that is the birthplace of immigrant street food vending culture in Los Angeles.

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