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Tavo, named for his father Gustavo, plays basketball so much that his sneakers are worn out. His father is too worried about the drought afflicting their small village to focus on replacing them. Gustavo thinks he can solve the water shortage, but the other villagers say he’s crazy. Tavo puts aside basketball to help prove his father right. In return, something miraculous ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 16th 2007 by Dutton Juvenile
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Mar 04, 2015 Sarah Souther rated it 3 of 5 stars
Tavo needs new sneakers to play basketball, but his father, Gustavo, can't afford them until the rains come and the crops grow. Gustavo comes up with an unpopular plan to save their Mexican village's crops. Only Tavo helps him, but they gain more than they expected. Story, text, and pictures are all good, but this would work better as a book for 2nd- or 3rd-graders than as a read-aloud picture book for preschoolers.
Feb 17, 2008 J-Lynn rated it 2 of 5 stars
A story about a boy who wants to be a famous basketball player, like the American’s he sees on the village’s new TV, but growing up on a Mexican farm during a drought won’t allow him to get the new shoes he needs in order to play on the local team. I think the secondary story about Tavo’s father re-digging the ancient irrigation ditches in order to save his farm is the stronger tale and should have been the focus of the book. The inclusion of “magic shoes” from the local bruja take away from the ...more
A fine story about a young Mexican boy who loves basketball, but who must put aside his sports dreams to help his father fight a drought. With a bit of magic and the side benefits of physical work, Tavo is able to play the game he loves. Strong recommendation from my 6-year-old grandson.
I like this story about a Latino boy who wants to play basketball but has to help his father work on the farm digging trenches. It includes some important themes such as the value of hard work, self-sacrifice and being kind to people different from you.