Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Fiesta Dress: A Quinceanera Tale

I just received a review copy of THE FIESTA DRESS: A QUINCEANERA TALE by Caren McNelly McCormack and published by Marshall Cavendish.  I love this book and am excited to add a copy to our school library.

THE FIESTA DRESS is the story about Lola, the baby of the family who gets lots of attention. But on the day of her older sister's quinceanera, no one seems to notice her.  Everyone is too busy getting ready for the big event.  But when Lola accidentally lets out the family dog, who then steals the sash from the quinceanera dress, everyone notices her. Lola ends up saving the day and it is a great fiesta!

There is lots to like about this book. Although it is about the preparations for a quinceanera, all kids can relate to the story of a girl who is just not getting enough attention on a sibling's big day.   There are Spanish words embedded throughout the text with a glossary at the end that defines them. The author weaves in some of the traditions of this celebration throughout the story.

A great new picture book! This is just one of the great new picture books that Marshall Cavendish has out this spring.


  1. Anonymous7:09 AM

    Hi Franki,

    I am so excited to hear about this new book. As a bookseller, I focus on bilingual books, but I am fully aware of and appreciate the importance of multicultural characters in general. The Fiesta Dress is great because non-Latina girls can also identify with the theme of this story and, at the same time, can learn something about another culture! Of course, the theme, characters and context will resonate with Latina girls. Thanks for sharing this book with us!


  2. What a great idea for a website.

    I don't know if you like getting suggestions or not, but there's one children's book that has been enjoyed by every kid I've ever read it to. It's called The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Kellor.


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