Dear Primo: A Letter to my Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh

Dear Primo: A Letter to my Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh

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Publishing: Abrams Books for Young Readers, New York, 2010

Description: Two cousins, one on a farm in Mexico and the other in a city in the US. The cousins tell about their lives simultaneously so that the reader can see the parallels. Though their environments are very different, they both go to school and play with friends, going to get food and other necessities with their families on the weekends.

Programming: This opens up a world of possibilities for discussing Mexican culture. There are spanish vocabulary words within the text, as well as some cultural references such as El Dia de los Muertos and futbol. Students might point out on a map where Mexico is, stage their own festival or futbol game, and/or sing some Spanish songs that reinforce the vocabulary. Because the boys lives’ are similar, have the class draw up a list of similarities, or have them draw pictures of the boys doing something similar at the same time, as in the book.

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