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Sugar, spice, and gender coalesce in trio of bilingual kids' books

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Sofía and the Purple Dress/Sofía y el Vestido Morado

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A Day Without Sugar/Un Día Sin Azúcar


That leaves Lupe Ruiz-Flores's Alicia's Fruity Drinks/Las Aguas Frescas de Alicia, which of the three books issues the health and wellness dispatch most engagingly and positively. Alicia and her friends are presented as athletic, caring, and creative, and the book's "aguas frescas are tasty and beautiful" message beats out "sorry, no sugar for you today" or "you look like a purple sausage" any day.

Sofía and the Purple Dress/Sofía y el Vestido Morado

Diane Gonzales Bertrand (Author)
Lisa Fields (Illustrator)
Gabriela Baeza Ventura
(Spanish Translator)
Arte Público Press
$17.95, 32 pages

 

A Day Without Sugar/Un Día Sin Azúcar

Diane Anda (Author)    
Janet Montecalvo (Illustrator)    
Gabriela Ventura (Spanish Translator)  
Arte Público Press
$17.95, 32 pages

 

Alicia's Fruity Drinks/Las Aguas Frescas de Alicia

Lupe Ruiz-Flores (Author)    
Laura Lacamara (Illustrator)
Gabriela Ventura (Spanish Translator)    
Arte Público Press
$17.95, 32 pages

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