¡Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge

Clarion/Versify. Sept. 2021. 48p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780358380405.
PreS-Gr 2–Little Lobo has his new truck loaded up with fun things for a big celebración—piñatas, cakes, gifts, and more—but first Little Lobo and friends have to cross the puente to get to the city. As they make their way, readers can see the colorful towns on both sides of the bridge, one that resembles the Paso del Norte International Bridge. It connects two similar towns in two countries, one in which English is mostly spoken, and one in which Spanish is the main language. Having to wait in much heavier traffic than anticipated, Little Lobo shows his friends the incredible happenings all around them—food trucks selling delicious foods like churros, lowriders bouncing up and down, and a bus full of luchadores. As they wait, the friends realize they can bring the celebration to everyone. New and returning visitors to the “¡Vamos!”series will jump right into the bright, colorful world and travel alongside the characters, taking in the sights and imagining the smells. Readers will love pointing out the Easter eggs and cultural references on every page, many of which, like Cantinflas and De la Rosa Mazapan, may be very familiar. Vibrant spreads allow the party to spill out of the pages, and the Spanish words appear in a glossary.
VERDICT A perfect addition to the world of “¡Vamos!” and to picture book collections for children.

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