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Where fireflies dance
Corpi, Lucha, 1945-
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Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Children's Book Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A girl and her brother spend their childhood in a small town on the Caribbean coast of Mexico.
General Note:
Reading Level:
680 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 19996.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.9 2 Quiz: 19066 Guided reading level: N.
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PZ73 .C674 1997 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
PZ73 .C674 1997 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Vibrantly illustrated, this bilingual tale shows English and Spanish on each page. Weaving together pride in the author's Mexican heritage with a sweetly delivered message about growing up, the story shows that each person, like the revolutionary Juan Sebastian, has a destiny to follow. Full color.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-9. Like a grandmother telling stories to her grandchildren, the author recalls part of her childhood in a small town in Mexico, spinning her tale in a delicate thread of anecdotes. She recalls how, together with her brother, Victor, she explored the spooky, deserted house of local hero Juan Sebastian, hearing later from her grandmother that Sebastian followed his "destiny" to fight and die in the Mexican Revolution. She also remembers sitting outside the cantina with her brother, waiting for favorite songs on the jukebox, and listening to stories and songs in their cozy home, contemplating what their own destinies might be. Bold, cheery illustrations will help attract readers to the unusually sophisticated (though still accessible) text, which appears on the page in both English and Spanish. --Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4‘Lyrically phrased in both Spanish and English, this warm family story opens a window to a rural Mexican upbringing. The narrator and her brother investigate a haunted house and recount the story of Juan Sebastián, whose ghost is said to visit it. Frightened by strange noises, the two run from the house straight into the music coming from the new jukebox at the cantina. Entranced, they begin to visit the bar nightly, until their mother discovers them. Exiled from the place, the children discover that their father knows all of their favorite songs and will sing for them. Readers will identify with traditions and memories of special times. Reisberg's brilliantly colored, primitive illustrations and arresting borders add immeasurably to the sense of place. This is a sure winner for storytimes as well as a solid addition for schools with Spanish-speaking students.‘Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.