Synopses & Reviews
andlt;bandgt;Ruthie loves Superman.andlt;BRandgt; Ruthie wants to be Superman.andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; And when Ruthie is asked to go spend the afternoon with her aunt, who is about to have a baby any day day now and may need some help., Ruthie seizes the opportunity. It could be her chance to be a hero, should the baby come while she's visiting! But when Ruthie is out fetching a snack for her aunt, she gets so distracted by a box full of kittens in the bodega that she doesn't hear her aunt calling for her, nor does she notice the policemen running to the apartment or the ambulance pulling to the curb. When she realizes what's happened, she's devastated -- she's missed her one chance to be a hero! Or has she? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Sonia Manzano, best known as "Maria" on andlt;iandgt;Sesame Street,andlt;/iandgt; once again captures the warmth, love, and adventures of her childhood Bronx neighborhood.
"'Manzano (No Dogs Allowed!), who plays 'Maria' on Sesame Street, travels back to the Bronx neighborhood of her childhood for another picture book filled with warm, colorful characters and loads of Hispanic flavor. Young Ruthie, a diehard Superman fan, longs to be a hero like her caped idol. When she's asked to visit with her very pregnant Aunt Juanita, it seems as if she just might get to save the day. Though Ruthie proves helpful at fetching her aunt cool treats such as piraqua (a snow cone) and coquito (coconut ice) and doing so 'faster than the speed of light' it's the cuddly titular attraction at the local bodega that distracts her from her potentially heroic duties. Aunt Juanita is rushed to the hospital in labor while Ruthie plays with the kittens, making her feel more of a zero than hero. Happily, Juanita sees things differently. Phelan's sunny and buoyant pencil-and-watercolor compositions capture the rhythms and period details of a bustling, friendly community. To Manzano's storytelling credit, Spanish terms sprinkled throughout seem slightly exotic, though also familiar. The story and artwork are never overwhelmingly era-specific; the joyful family themes here resonate in a timeless manner. Ages 3-7. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Sonia Manzano is best known as andldquo;Maria,andrdquo; one of the first Hispanic characters on andlt;iandgt;Sesame Streetandlt;/iandgt;, a role she has delighted in for more than twenty years. She has earned fifteen Emmy Awards as a member of the andlt;iandgt;Sesame Streetandlt;/iandgt; writing staff, and is the author of the picture books andlt;iandgt;No Dogs Allowed!andlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;A Box Full of Kittensandlt;/iandgt;, and the Pura Belprandeacute; Award honored andlt;iandgt;The Revolution of Evelyn Serranoandlt;/iandgt;. Sonia Manzano lives in New York City with her husband.andlt;bandgt;Matt Phelan'sandlt;/bandgt; black-and-white illustrations first appeared in andlt;iandgt;The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springsandlt;/iandgt; by Betty G. Birney. His picture books includeandnbsp;andlt;Iandgt;The New Girl...and Me andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;Iandgt;Two of a Kind, andlt;/Iandgt;both written by Jacqui Robbins. Matt lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.