Josefina’s Habichuelas/Las habichuelas de Josefina

Piñata. Oct. 2021. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781558859234.
K-Gr 3–Josefina loves sweets—chocolate chip cookies, flan, cupcakes, and more. The dessert she loves most in the world is habichuelas con dulce. When her mother suggests that Josefina give up sweets for the Cuaresma, or Lent, Josefina isn’t sure she can. She resists temptation from her friends at school and eats fruit at home instead. Because of Josefina’s dedication, her mother surprises her by teaching her how to make habichuelas con dulce, and Josefina puts her heart into her favorite sweet. When her family tries the habichuelas, they all taste the love that Josefina poured into them. This lovely bilingual story shows the beauty of tradition, family, and the sense of accomplishment that accompanies meeting one’s goal. The English text shares the page with the Spanish translation, making this a great choice for bilingual, English, and Spanish speakers. Tenderly illustrated pages provide a sense of warmth that comes with love and family.
VERDICT A wonderful choice for picture book collections that focuses on traditions, family, and dedication to one’s goals.

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