Ati y su caja de besos

LAGUARDA, Elena, María Fernanda Laguarda, & . illus. by Alejandra Kurtycz. 56p. (Ati: Bk. 2). Uranito. Sept. 2016. Tr $7.95. ISBN 9786079344993.
PreS-Gr 2—Ati is a little dragon who shares an important message with children and caregivers alike in this Spanish-language picture book. Ati attends his grandmother's birthday party, where he encounters his aunts, whose affectionate greetings make him feel uncomfortable. After Ati asks his grandmother for help coping with the situation, he finds a creative, healthy, and safe way to interact with these family members. Instead of allowing his aunts to smother him with hugs and kisses, Ati creates a caja de besos, or a box of kisses, to simply give to his aunts when they greet him. Children and the adults in their lives will learn that healthy boundaries and self-care are important to staying safe and that they should always tell a trusted adult when they feel uncomfortable. The back of the book includes templates for readers to create their own box of kisses and provides readers with tools and reminders for identifying situations of potential risk. This book offers concrete direction for self-care and is accessible enough for the very young. Bright, simple watercolor illustrations enhance the text.
VERDICT Equal parts creative and practical, this follow-up to Ati el dragon de las estrellas will be appreciated by children and caregivers because of its discussion of a noteworthy topic. Educators would also benefit from this critical addition to their Spanish collections.

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