Bisa’s Carnaval

Orchard. Nov. 2021. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781338617627.
Gr 1-4–Clara is excited about celebrating Carnaval. It is her holiday to enjoy with her family. She worries that this year her bisa (great-grandmother) will not be able to attend. In the first spread, the phrase, “Louder, Faster,” is bolded, reversed, and enlarged, which acts to convey the tempo of the celebration, a festive time that brings everyone together and is a way for the older generation to pass on tradition. This is depicted as Bisa shows Clara, who needn’t have worried, an album filled with pictures of past experiences. They are part of a larger cultural celebration that extends to readers as they see the village come together; the pages are filled with color, the rhythm of the sounds, and the street signs and other writing in Portuguese.
VERDICT A great additon to holiday collections, this book celebrates community and legacy.

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