Paletero Man by Lucky Diaz, illustrated by Micah Player

Published by HarperCollins

Paletero Man: Diaz, Lucky, Player, Micah: 9780063014442: Books
Paletero Man: Diaz, Lucky, Player, Micah: 9780063014442: Books

Summary:  A boy travels through his L.A. neighborhood on a hot summer day, in search of Paletero José, a pushcart vendor with cool treats.  As he goes, he greets other friends selling their goods on the streets, but won’t be deterred from his destination.  Finally he arrives, makes his selection, reaches into his pocket…and discovers that his money is gone!  Lucky for him, the friends along the way noticed the coins falling as he ran, picked them up, and followed him.  With a “muchas gracías, amigos,” he goes to make his purchase, but Paletero José has a different idea: free paletas for all in celebration of kindness.  32 pages; ages 3-8.

Pros:  Enjoy this summer treat celebrating kindness and community from Latin Grammy winner Lucky Diaz.  The rhyming text is catchy, interspersed with Spanish words and phrases, and the colorful illustrations evoke a vibrant neighborhood on a bright summer day.

Cons:  I was drooling by the end.

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