FICTION

Lucero

Holiday House/Neal Porter. Sept. 2021. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823447848.
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K-Gr 3–A young fawn is celebrated by her mother, encouraged to explore the world all around. As they walk through the desert together, they discover the plants and animals that are part of their world—butterflies, jaguars, bats, snakes, saguaros, and more. Their bright journey soon turns into one of panic and fear and just before being separated, the fawn’s mother warns her to be careful and encourages her to speak out—to shout to the world when she is suffering—and reminds her that she is not alone. The last two spreads in the book reveal a parallel message—the fawn is a young girl now separated from her mother by a giant wall in the desert affecting animals, plants, and children. The suspenseful, poetic Spanish text is perfect for sharing with young readers. Lush illustrations depict the beautiful desert full of life, refreshing evening showers, fear and panic brought on by the appearance of the wall—but also, the possibilities and hope for a better future.
VERDICT Beautiful and impactful, this is a must-have for Spanish collections.

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