Ella’s daddy doesn’t feel well. He stays in bed all day, and doesn’t smile any more. When Ella wonders why, her daddy explains that he has depression.
From her vantage point on the roof, Anita watches the airplanes high overhead, and imagines they are dragons, that she, the princesa, will finally have to face. Anita and her family are leaving the Dominican Republic for a distant land where there will be baths with hot water, regular electricity, and a real dryer. But Anita’s abuela won’t be coming, and Anita will miss her beautiful island terribly. However, Anita is a valiant princesa, who conquers her fears, and meets the fearsome dragons who will fly her to her new life with courage and grace.
This gentle book will offer encouragement both to young readers to tell their stories, no matter how sad, and to all of us to be better listeners and story friends.
WHAT IF WILHELMINA is a charming book that works on a whole bunch of levels.
This is an absolute gem of a book that readers of all ages will adore. After all, it passed the teenager test. Highly, highly recommend.
A riot of color and movement, this is a catchy read-aloud, much like the original, and it’s easy to see its appeal to kids and fans of all ages.
The grass isn’t actually greener on the other side of the gate.
A young boy has saved up his pocket money and is going to market to buy himself something for the very first time, but he has a hard time deciding what to get. He, and the reader, enjoy the sights and smells of the crowded marketplace. Each page offers a multitude of things to look at. Adult readers will need to be patient as their young listeners pore over the pictures.
This book is a delight from start to finish. If you don’t read Spanish, you had better download Duolingo so you can start learning it in order to read this darling, funny, smart, cool book.