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Juana & Lucas

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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,127 ratings  ·  326 reviews
Fans of Judy Moody and Clarice Bean will love Juana, the spunky young Colombian girl who stars in this playful, abundantly illustrated new series.

Juana loves many things — drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to da
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Candlewick Press
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Windows. Mirrors. Mirrors. Windows. Windowy mirrors. Mirrory windows. Windows. Mirrors. Sliding doors! Mirrors. Windows.

In the world of 21st century children’s literature, diversity should be the name of the game. We want books for our children that reflect the worlds they know and the worlds they have yet to greet. We want them to see themselves in their books (mirrors), see others unlike themselves (windows), and have a way to get from one place to another (sliding doors). To accomplish this,
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I wanted to read something fluffy after my last book, so I grab this. A children book. Cute drawings, btw.

Juana lives in Bogota, Colombia, goes to school, has a dog (Lucas), and talks about her dailies activities , plus likes and dislikes as every child.

I'm not really sure, but the story seems directed to bilingual children, there are spanish words in some points (kind of spanglish), and that confused me a bit. Then the
Juana and Lucas is a sweet, lighthearted, and generously illustrated transitional chapter book with a Colombian heroine, set in contemporary Colombia.

I love the fact that the English text is sprinkled with Spanish words, which are not translated anywhere in the book and thus the readers who do not know any Spanish have to figure out what the Spanish words mean based on the context. While Juana is struggling to learn English, the English-speaking readers are learning some Spanish!

Also, Juana Medi
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Yay! A character, who is a kid, who loves Brussels sprouts! That is really a first in a long time since I saw a kid whose favourite food is this. Normally in books with kids it is all about how they hate it, how they are disgusted by it.
So when I saw this little girl loved Brussels sprouts… well what could possibly go wrong then. And then came the part where she said she loved reading books. A girl who loves books and Brussels s
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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One of the many things I like about this book—the format that uses introductions, the illustrations, the voice!—is the way Juana is learning English while the reader, reading a book in English, is subtly learning the Spanish words weaved in. Clever and effective.
Sep 27, 2016 added it
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Navigating through life, even if you tend to be an optimist, is much better when shared with a friend. If this friend should happen to be a dog, you could not ask for a better companion and confidant. A dog's affection never wavers plus they probably understand every single thing you say. They are the best secret keepers. They dispense advice with a look, a nudge or a tail wag.

If you happen to be beginning another year of school, a dog can get you through any difficulties you encounter. Juana &a
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Young readers will love getting to know Juana in this delightful semi-autobiographical chapter book. She's a young girl living in Bogotá, Columbia with her two favorite people: her Mami and her dog Lucas. Juana also likes lots of things: drawing, superhero Astroman, brussels sprouts,and reading books (sometimes under the covers with a flashlight). She also like living near her abuelos and playing her friends, especially Juli. Juana isn't crazy about math, dance class, or her school uniform, but ...more
Oh my goodness, this is just adorable! I read it for my Children's Lit class, and honestly it's not something I would have picked up on my own because it's just a little too young for jr high students (which is a shame, because it reminds me of "Barrio Boy" and "Names/Nombres", both of which we teach during the memoir unit, which could use some updating!). Anyway, it's about an adorable, pigtailed Columbian 4th grade girl who has to learn English. And she hates it, because let's be honest, Engli ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s Inauguration Day here in Washington, DC. I have the day off of work because I live a couple of streets away from Arlington National Cemetery and my office is on Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s still a Friday, but the library is closed and I don’t want to turn on the TV. I do want to do something constructive – something that will make a difference and build up my spirits. So, I’m reviewing a book by a local author – by a Spanish-speaking immigrant, even. I want to share with you a book that is ad ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was super cute. I adore the paintings and Juana's pigtails. The setting was in Colombia, which is new to me. I am used to most of the Latin American stories I've read showing the poorer side of citizens and focusing on immigration issues and awful conditions. This one was refreshing because readers get to see a nice character who loves her city and whose abuelo is a neurosurgeon. I think that's important for children so they don't get the impression that everyone South of the U.S. is l ...more
Alexa Marshall
Text to World connection

In Juana and Lucas, Juana is a little girl from Colombia. In school, Juana learns that she has to begin to learn English and she is not too happy about it! I made a text to world connection between Juana's story and the fact that so many nations outside of the United States require their students to learn English or another language outside of their own. I truly wish that the United States would put more of an emphasis on other places and languages, because I feel like we
Sarah Johnson
Good as a read aloud for kindergarten and 1st grade.
Perfect for my kiddos learning Spanish! They'll absolute sympathize with what Juana is going through.
Julie Seifert
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Alex Fisher
This is a nice picture book about a little girl who has to learn how to speak English. It teaches kids that even though learning another language may not always be fun but if it is the main language, it is worth learning so that you can travel and meet a lot of different people.
Dawn Keys
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Juana and Lucas is a contemporary realistic fiction work written by Juana Medina for young readers ages 5-8. I was excited to add this to my library collection because we don’t have a lot of early chapter books that depict characters from South America. This book also received the Pura Belpre Award.

The protagonist in this story is a Juana, a young girl that is not a fan of school and learning English. She loves her family, her dog, and her favorite class at school is recess, so she can play futb
Terrance Franklin
This book was truly a delight to read. "Juana and Lucas" follows the story of Juana Medina (the author) and her "furry amigo" Lucas (her dog). Juana is beginning to learn English in school but, she's having problems. Her story persists with Juana and Lucas as they go through her daily life; playing soccer (Futbol), going to school, playing with family and learning how important learning English can be.
Each page, is filled with a parts of Juana's experiences and that resonated with me personally
Lucía Díaz
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
" life is pretty fantastic and English will do nothing but ruin it” (p. 32). When Juana, a school girl from Bogotá, faces the challenge of the having to learn "the English" she is absolutely opposed. The book has quite a bit of text but the colorful drawings and the way the letters are placed make it a fun read.

One thing I particularly like about this book is that it has a Latina protagonist. Although the book is primarily an English narration by Juana, some Spanish is incorporated into th
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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A note that the cover is misleading -- this isn't exactly a book about a girl and her dog.

I love books that showcase multicultural and multilingual diversity, but this book about a girl overcoming her struggles to learn English is difficult to place. I enjoyed the heavy doses of Spanish applied throughout, making this a truly bilingual book, but I am not sure who would enjoy this story. It's a little too wordy to be like a Madeleine, it's a little too immature to be a Ramona. I do have some stu
Abby Johnson
Meet Juana. She lives in Bogota, Columbia, loves hanging out with her dog Lucas, and HATES learning English. This year at school, her class starts learning English and Juana could hate nothing more - it's too complicated, the sounds tickle her tongue, and she doesn't see the POINT. Can anything change Juana's mind about learning English?

Though this story is undoubtedly valuable for opening a window to show a child's life in Colombia and for depicting a South American child who is not poor or wa
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
JUANA AND LUCAS by Juana Medina is a new series featuring a young girl and her dog growing up in Colombia.

In her first humorous adventure, Juana shares her likes and dislikes. For instance, she isn’t excited about learning English. However when she learns about the value of language learning, she changes her mind.

Librarian will find that the short, easy-to-read chapters and comic-style illustrations will appeal to young readers. The international setting provides a unique perspective.

To learn mo
Maureen Timerman
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Juana and Lucas could take place anywhere, but Juana, Who-an-nah, is the story of a little girl in Bogota Columbia, and instead of learning Spanish she is struggling with English. The book states that it is geared for 5 to 8 years old, but it could be a little older too, there are so many similarities between the cultures that you forget it doesn’t take place in the United States.
Juana has a little dog, Lucas, who takes part in some of her adventures, and she sure is an active little one. A side
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
At first, I was liking the diversity of this story about a Colombian girl. Several words were in Spanish and italicized and I thought it could be great for children learning Spanish. But as the story went on, there wasn't any action and the teachers seemed unnecessarily mean. The protagonist, Juana, was sort of forced to learn English or she wouldn't be taken on a trip to Spaceland. It just didn't work for me. I thought by the title that it would be about a girl and her dog, but Lucas wasn't in ...more
Sarah Sammis
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina is an early reader inspired by the author's childhood in Bogotá. She begins by outlining the things she likes and doesn't like and what her life at home and school is like. Then she settles into how she had to learn English in school and how difficult and frustrating it was and how stupid a class it seemed at the time.
Niki Marion
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Only getting three stars because we *desperately* need more Latina EARLY chapter books written by Latinas.

Otherwise, I have some pretty major problems with the book's design, title, and ending that I'll elaborate on later.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award. This is a very good book. VERY. GOOD.
Edward Sullivan
A cheerfully appealing early reader featuring an energetic, spunky young girl living in Bogotá, Colombia and her best friend, her dog Lucas.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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Mackenzie Schley
Published September 2016

Juana is a young, vivacious girl living in her beloved Bogota, Columbia with her bestest amigo, her dog Lucas. A wrench gets thrown in her life when her teacher announces that they must all learn “The English.” Juana cannot understand what possible reason would be good enough to require her to learn a language as difficult as English. She can roll her R’s like a champ, but the th sound is way too hard, and how is “read” and “read” spelled the same and yet pronoun
This winner of the Pura Belpre Award for Author will provide some inspiration and amusement for many young readers who are already fluently bilingual or trying to learn another language. As readers will realize from the opening pages, Juana is a passionate young girl who has many loves, a love which she expresses enthusiastically. She loves her home city of Bogota, Columbia, her dog Lucas, Astroman, and reading. Although she enjoys school, math is not much fun for her, and school gets harder whe ...more
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Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the illustrator of Smick! by Doreen Cronin and the author-illustrator of One Big Salad. Juana Medina has studied and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and now teaches at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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