[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-pencil”]Editor’s note: Today’s Catholic sat down with San Juan de los Lagos parishioner Yesenia Ramirez, and her daughter, Valentina, to see whether the second grader would recommend the latest offering from Arte Público Press to younger children. Here is how the conversation went.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yesenia: Thank you for reviewing this book, mija.
Valentina: You’re welcome, Mommy.
Yesenia: What did you notice about the book?
Valentina: The setting takes place in the rainforest.
Yesenia: Yes, it does. Did you like that?
Valentina: Yes, I liked that. I also liked all of the colors and the kids’ clothing.
Yesenia: What did you like most about the book?
Valentina: I like that it showed different cultures of the children.
Yesenia: Do you think kids would like this book?
Valentina: Yes, I do think so. I think kids will like this book because it has English and Spanish, and if they want to learn Spanish, they can.
Mayanito’s New Friends/Los nuevos amigos de Mayanito by Tato Laviera, with illustrations by Gabhor Utomo, is published by Arte Público Press, a University of Houston-based publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors.
The manuscript for this title was discovered in the archives of deceased poet Tato Laviera.
Yesenia R. Ramirez is executive director of Catholic Television of San Antonio and encourages families to check out their movie block every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]