Pepe and the Parade: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage

Little Bee. Aug. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781499806663.
K-Gr 2–Pepe wakes up early to participate in the Hispanic Day Parade. He can’t wait to join his friends in celebration of his culture while enjoying delicious food from various countries. His family joins in on the festivities by dressing in native Mexican costumes; Mami in her flowery falda, Papi in his mariachi outfit, and Abuelo in his sombrero. As the parade begins, Pepe sees his friends from school. They represent Columbia, Honduras, Ecuador, San Salvador, and pretty much all of the Central and Latin American countries. The author provides information on Hispanic Heritage Month, including the differences in using the terms Hispanic and Latino. A glossary of terms provides a pronunciation guide of the Spanish words that are interspersed throughout the rhyming text.
VERDICT With so many cultures introduced in this pleasant picture book with lively comic-style illustrations, readers may be inspired to explore a particular culture in depth.

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