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The kite festival
Torres, Leyla.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
While on a Sunday outing, Fernando and his family encounter a kite festival and decide to create a kite from scrap materials so that they can join in.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 80144.
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One Sunday morning, Fernando Florez, his parents, grandparents, and sister head to a random destination for an outing - San Vicente. When they arrive in the center of town, they see many people preparing for a kite festival. The Florez family waste no time joining in the fun. Unfortunately, all the stores are closed, so buying a kite's out. But by using their ingenuity - along with found objects - they successfully put one together. Although they encounter some challenges along the way, they can always find a solution with a little thinking. A surprise comes at the end of the day, with the mayor of San Vicente on hand to deliver it.

A warm family story set at a festival much like one Leyla Torres attended as a child in her native country of Colombia.

Author Notes

Leyla Torres is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Saturday Sancocho/El sancocho del sabado . She lives in Arlington, Vermont.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-3. Fernando and his multigenerational Colombian family pack a picnic and go off for a drive, ending up at San Vicente, where there is a kite festival. They have come with all sorts of goodies, but no kite. So, starting with Grandpa and down to little Flora, each member of the family finds something to use for the kite: the string on Flora's pull toy, a map for paper, a belt for a tail, even Band-Aids for tape! The Florez family wins the prize for the most original kite and makes plans to return the next year. The cheerful illustrations capture the cohesive happiness of the day. The last page comprises instructions, clear but not simple, on how to make a hexagonal kite. --GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Available in separate English and Spanish editions, The Kite Festival/El festival de cometas by Leyla Torres (Saturday Sancocho) recounts a family's chance Sunday outing to a town celebrating its annual kite festival. Arriving in San Vicente without a kite, Fernando and his grandfather must improvise and use a collection of unusual items to make one themselves. Soft, full-bleed watercolors capture the family working together as well as the atmosphere of the festival. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Fernando and Grandpa Felix plan a Sunday outing by having the boy close his eyes and place his finger on a map. Then Mama packs a picnic lunch, Papa checks the gas tank, and the whole family piles into the car. When they reach their destination, San Vicente, they discover that a kite festival is underway. Fernando and his grandfather imaginatively put together a kite out of materials at hand, as each member of the family, from the boy's little sister to Grandma Felisa, contributes some vital part. At the end of the day, they are awarded a prize for the most original entry. The text is concise yet lyrical, and the soft watercolor illustrations enhance the gentle tone of the narrative. Tips on kite flying are embedded in the text. The book concludes with clear instructions for making a kite out of easy-to-find materials. Although not flashy, the book is quietly satisfying, and fills a gap in picture books with Hispanic characters.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.