Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary: Lola loves helping out at the hotel where she lives with her mother and grandfather. Her mother is always ready to help guests; if they don’t have money to pay, she’ll accept food or even just a handshake and a promise. Lola is an enthusiastic worker, but she sometimes gets in trouble for talking too much. “Lolita Siete Lenguas (seven tongues)” her grandfather calls her teasingly, reminding her that sometimes it’s good to be quiet but other times “one strong voice is just what we need.” Lola remembers this lesson when she’s the only one who sees a woman and girl thrown off the streetcar in front of her house because they can’t pay the fare. She stays quiet about the two at first, but, remembering Grandpa’s words, she rallies her family and the other hotel guests to help them, using words that she would later become famous for, “¡SÍ se puede!” Includes additional information about the labor leader Lola grew up to be: Dolores Huerta. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Keep this book in mind for the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month, especially if you’re looking for something for younger readers. They’ll enjoy the story of young Lola, learn a little about Dolores Huerta, and take away an empowering message about using your voice to speak up about injustice. The illustrations add just the right touch of fun and energy.
Cons: It would have been nice to have a list of additional resources for older kids to dive into.