Grades PreK - 2
Grade level Equivalent: 2.4
Lexile Measure®: 610L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: Not Available
- Realistic Fiction
- Neighborhood Life
- Hispanic and Latin American
- Friends and Friendship
About This Book
M is for las muralistas, making murals of island vistas. Waterfalls that hide brick walls. Rainforest full of tropical trees.
N is for the noisy neighbors who sit on the stoop and catch the breeze.
When Ava's friend Chien visits her in the Barrio, she takes him on a tour of all of her favorite things about the neighborhood. From fire hydrants to ice cream trucks, bodegas to vacant lots, the sights and sounds of the Barrio — even the less perfect things — come to life in the poetic words of Quiara Hudes, author of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights.
Praise for Welcome to My Neighborhood! A Barrio ABC
"An expressive girl takes a friend on a poetic tour of her inner-city neighborhood. "E is for the echo of the elevated train./ F is for the fire hydrant spraying summer rain." Chalky, gouache washes capture both the vital and gently dilapidated elements of city life: "Q is for quemar, to burn a house to the ground beneath,/ making a block full of row homes look like a smile that's missing its two front teeth." The subtle presence of the girl's personal narrative and her nuanced understanding of what makes her neighborhood home set this ABC book apart. Spanish-language edition also available." — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review