El pañuelo amarillo

Vintage Español. Sept. 2023. 40p. tr. from Vania Vargas . Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781644738504. SP.
K-Gr 3–It is a sunny day under a clear blue sky, and a grandma ties a yellow handkerchief to her head as she prepares for her workday ahead: picking up eggs from the hen house, plucking the hen to be cooked, picking up tomatoes and chiles from the garden, and cleaning the field of weeds. Grandma does much more, but for the girl in this story, that yellow handkerchief symbolizes all that mortifies her. Grandma’s dirty hands, her house chores, and poor clothing remind this girl that she would rather have her friend’s life, eating pizza for dinner or purchasing a chicken from the store. Higuera offers a picture book about identity and the struggle some children have with their Latinx heritage. This Spanish translation of The Yellow Handkerchief features one to three lines of black font text, providing several vocabulary words and detailing the figure of the handkerchief and the main character’s change of heart toward it. The modern-looking digital illustrations are mostly full-page, with vignettes to provide contextual details, complementing the wonderfully candid narrative and the isolated green scenery. The art’s focal point is on the yellow handkerchief, which transfers from the grandma to the girl, suggesting the girl’s acceptance of her family’s cultural heritage. This book could be used in a social unit about identity. The characters have light brown skin.
VERDICT An honest depiction of feeling shame of a family’s humble beginnings and background and finding the true value of our heritage.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing