Papá’s Magical Water-Jug Clock by Jesús Trejo, illustrated by Eliza Kinkz

Published by Minerva

Summary:  Jesús is excited to be spending Saturday helping Papá with his landscaping job.  It’s hot work, and Jesús is put in charge of the water jug, which Papá tells him is like a magical clock–when the jug is empty, it’s time to go home.  Jesús enjoys sharing water with the customers’ pets and splashing some on his face to cool off.  In no time at all, the jug is empty, and Jesús is ready to go home.  Unfortunately, it’s only 10:30 and there are 11 more customers waiting!  Papá straightens his son out about the “magic”, then sends him to the house to refill the jug.  Lesson learned, Jesús works hard for the rest of the day, realizing that the real magic is the teamwork between him and Papá.  48 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  A charming memory recounted by comedian Jesús Trejo.  The comic style illustrations perfectly complement the funny text (be sure to check out the cartoon landscapers on the endpapers), which also shows the heartwarming bond between father and son.  

Cons:  I wish there had been more information about the real Jesús and his Papá.

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