Alicia Caediza

tr. from Italian by Lorenzo Fasanini. illus. by Elena Temporin. 32p. Picarona. Jan. 2016. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9788416117550.
PreS-Gr 2—When we first meet Alicia Caediza we learn that as her name implies ("caer" means "to fall" in Spanish), she has a tendency to fall. This inclination propels the rest of the narrative as Alicia falls into household objects (the gears of a clock, a water bottle, a drawer full of napkins) and her family searches for her. This repetition will please young listeners and encourage interactivity in a read-aloud context. The refrains are printed in a distinct font, as are the sound effects, promoting print awareness. The illustrations are bold and clear but with fun details, which lend themselves to rereading. This sweet tale was originally written in Italian and has been translated into European Spanish, which may require a little explanation for some young readers.
VERDICT This is a great pick for storytime or one-on-one reading and will appeal to the sense of humor of older preschoolers and early-elementary school students.

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