Juana is a charming narrator, reminiscent of Ramona or Dory, who is growing up in Colombia. She loves her dog, Lucas, reading, eating Brussels sprouts, and her family. On her first day of school she finds out she has to learn "the English" this year and it becomes the bane of her existence. Finally, the right motivation comes along and so she studies away to master the nonsensical language. The real appeal of this book is a Latina heroine that will be appealing to young Spanish speakers but also with a personality that is universally appealing and problems that are universally identifiable for children of all backgrounds. Throw in a big dose of great illustrations and you have a fun and sweet early chapter book.
Reviewed by: admin on October 23, 2016
Number of Pages: 96