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Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown
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Aug 04, 2010

really liked it
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Read in August, 2010

Chavela loves chewing gum and blowing bubbles. One day she finds a kind of gum in the store that she has never seen before: Magic Chicle. Her mother explains that gum is made from the sap of the sapodilla tree, called chicle. Her mother’s father was a Chiclero who harvest the chicle and care for the trees. When Chavela popped the gum in her mouth, she was able to blow a huge bubble that carried her out of her room and from California into Mexico to Playa del Carmen. There she got to see the sapodilla trees and met a little girl with a special doll who greeted her warmly. The two girls played until dark when Chavela had to chew chicle to return home again. Once she got home, her mother told her that she too knew of the magic, and showed her daughter the special doll she had had when she was a girl.

Brown’s prose reads aloud nicely and the story has plenty of action and interest to carry it along. Children will love seeing where gum came from and will also enjoy the magic of the gum. The real star of the book is the illustrations, done in candy-bright colors that also have a great depth to them. The author’s note at the back offers more in-depth information on chicle and gum.

A treat of a book that is nicely seasoned with Spanish, this book will appeal to candy-lovers of any language or background. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
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