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Sep 14, 2012 Casey rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It had a nice mix of English and Spanish which could be helpful in a classroom setting. It also had some bullying themes and the importance of a pet in a child's life. Made me tear up a little bit, but it had a happy ending. Tonio was a new student in the class room and he had no friends, the cat became his friend and he stood up for himself with the cat's support.
Tonio has moved from Mexico and is lonesome for his dog and his sense of belonging, In the US his father and mother have good jobs and he gets free breakfast before school, but he's searching for a way to fit in. He befriends a stray cat and their parallel situation will be easy for students to draw comparisons. Frequent expressions in Spanish add authenticity. Oil paintings.
Sep 12, 2012 Russ (Louisville) rated it really liked it · review of another edition
The book was a great introduction to some basic Spanish words/ phrases and their English translations. It was relatable to any child who has had to move to a strange place, or anyone who has had to leave a loved pet behind. The illustrations went along with and captured the story very well.
Jan 30, 2014 Chelsea Kimmey rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This book is great for learning to be kind and compassionate. Also the use of Spanish words can be difficult for some readers, so maybe a handout with the translations would help some students. Overall a great story with great illustrations to guide the text.
Sep 12, 2012 Sydney McClure rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This is good book to teach kindness and compassion. The illustrations are great. The book also teaches Spanish because the main character, Tonio, is from Mexico.