When Señora Rosa and Señor Tomás find a stray cat sleeping on their stoop, they welcome him into their home. When lunch is served, Flynn the cat hops up on the table. But before he can dig into the tuna tacos, his new friends point out a few house rules.
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Diana Star Helmer is an Albert Whitman author.
Viví Escrivá is an Albert Whitman illustrator.
PreSchool-Grade 2-A wayward cat appears on the doorstep of a kindly couple's home one evening. They invite him in and, in the tradition of magical realism, he can speak and understand their language, which is a combination of both English and Spanish. The hospitable Se-ora Rosa and Se-or Tom s say to Flynn, "Mi casa es su casa. My home is your home." Of course, the feline takes this rather too literally and sits directly on the table when lunch is served, and some gentle lessons in table manners are in order. After a satisfying repast of tuna tacos and the less delicious peas, Flynn finds a cozy spot where he can relax and stay awhile. The only thing that could add to his comfort is a "warm, roomy lap" or, better yet, two, and his hosts readily oblige. The depictions of the characters and setting are somewhat reminiscent of Leo Politi's artwork although perhaps less delicately executed. Warm colors and Latin American motifs contribute to the cultural interest of this lighthearted tale. Parents and caretakers may want to use this story as a prompt for discussions of etiquette and hospitality.
Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
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Book Description Albert Whitman & Company, 2003. School & Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110807551066
Book Description Albert Whitman & Company. SCHOOL & LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0807551066 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1320773