Chico Canta, the youngest of 12 mouse siblings, saves the day thanks to his ability to “speak” Dog, proving just how important being multilingual can be. The father-daughter team of Mora and Martinez adapt their story from a Mexican folktale, and Carling’s mixed-media paintings create a cozy Latin American environment for Chico’s family, which lives and performs in an old theater. Despite threats from Little Gato-Gato the cat and Chico’s overall distractibility, the Cantas’ performances go off without a hitch. Spanish and Italian words are scattered throughout, giving readers a chance to pick up new words themselves. Ages 4–7. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/28/2014 Release date: 03/01/2014 Genre: Children's
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