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Author: Suzanne Santillan

Illustrator: Atilio Pernisco

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Publisher: Raven Tree Press, a Division of Delta Publishing Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Jessie has a problem: Grandma told him to stay away from her pear tree, but he was playing and his ball got stuck in the tree. One by one he goes to each of his relatives who give him a suggestion on how to get the pelota from the tree. Except that each time he tries, that item gets stuck. Finally, he has to ask for Grandma's help. What will she say? This is a bilingual picture book that has a House that Jack Built quality to it.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 2.7

Age of Child: Read by and with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "I love this. It is so funny." Our daughter giggled and laughed her way through this book several times. She especially liked the surprise at the end.

Adult Reader Reaction: What a fun story. I am more comfortable with Spanish and English words mixed in the same text and this one has a lot of Spanish that made for great practice. The illustrations are bright, fun, and the animals' expressions are just wonderful.

Pros: Children will laugh out loud at Jessie's dilemma, the proposed solutions, and the ending.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is one you could easily read over and over ... and you'll hear "ay, caramba" and "ay, chihuahua" a lot!

If You Liked This Book, Try: SILLY TILLY   THE FARMYARD JAMBOREE   RUNAWAY RADISH / El rabano que escapo

Educational Themes: There is lots to explore with this story. Aside from practicing language skills, there is the theme of creative problem solving, choices and consequences, and admitting what you've done.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, humor, bilingual, Spanish, grandparents

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2011

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