Everybody loves Leo Politi, who wrote and illustrated dozens of children's books, many of which are set in the Latino communities of Southern California. Parents and children—and their children's children—have grown up reading his stories. Libraries, parks, and schools have been named in his honor; in 2008, on what would have been his one hundredth birthday, there were cel...more
Juanita was a cute little story about an Easter parade in a small Los Angeles suburb. I was a little confused by the beginning, talking about Juanita's parent's shop and Juanita's birthday. I felt that they were disjointed when compared with the rest of the story, which centered around the parade on the day before Easter.
The pictures, ho...more
Favorite line: Some nice descriptive text ---
"The golden rays of the warm spring sun glittered joyfully over the colorful parade."
Favorite illustration: The title page!
Kid-appeal: I think this would be useful in studying Latino culture in the Los Angeles/Southern California area. As noted above, there are also some really nice examples of the use of descriptive words that'd be great to share with kids. Nice, cheery illustrations.
Politi works to capture a slice of life in Los Angeles during that time period.