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.