Carina Felina

Scholastic. Aug. 2023. 48p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781338749168. BL.
K-Gr 3–What could possibly go wrong with a parrot falling in love with a cat? In spite of Pepe the parrot’s best efforts—making 100 Cuban crackers and coffee—Carina Felina, the cat, is not only ungrateful but still really hungry, and swallows the parrot! In an add-on story, Carina Felina travels the city, devouring all who cross her path. Can two little crabs find a way to stop this ravenous eater? Deedy and Cole animate this tale in a most wonderful way. Deedy’s text, which includes English and Spanish words, tell the story, and Cole’s vivid illustrations clearly show the deliciously villainous cat with all the living things that she’s devoured inside her belly, giving children a lot of details to pore over as they go. Readers will also enjoy the way Deedy carefully crafts the text so even non-Spanish speakers will be able to figure out those words. Back matter includes a glossary and a recipe for Cuban crackers. This fun folktale will delight readers of all ages.
VERDICT An excellent choice for libraries needing folktales and Spanish bilingual books.

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