El Señor Pocket: Un amigo imaginario

Editorial Flamboyant. Mar. 2024. 44p. Tr $17.83. ISBN 9788419401724. SP.
Gr 1-3–Noa is a girl with light brown skin who has an active imagination and goes on many adventures with her imaginary friend, Mr. Pocket. At school, she and Mr. Pocket, a large creature made up entirely of red hair, play in her math and social science classes, among the books and notebooks. Noa’s teacher meets with her father Marcos and shares that Noa is too distracted in class, playing with her friend Mr. Pocket. Her dad is very concerned until a therapist reassures him that having a big imagination is an amazing gift. Marcos decides to play along as they go to the library and bakery. During their day, they find a toy fox who communicates with Mr. Pockethis owner is lost in the woods. With the help of her imaginary friend, Noa and her father find the missing boy. They reunite him with his mother and stuffy. Could Mr. Pocket be real? This charming picture book celebrates the importance of children’s imagination. It also presents a model for parents. Mr. Pocket sticks out on the mostly teal-tinged pages, a bright spot on the painterly illustrations. The closing spread features an adult Noa signing books with Mr. Pocket by her side. A large group of children line up with their imaginary friends to get copies of her books, showing the true value of a rich imagination.
VERDICT A great read-aloud for Spanish-speaking classrooms and families

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