The Adventures of Mr. Macaw – Las Aventuras del Sr. Macaw Written by Leticia Ordaz, Illustrated by Yana Popova (2019) – hardcover
Recommended ages: 3 to 8
The Adventures of Mr. Macaw is a whimsical tale that celebrates siblings, imagination, and community. It’s an added bonus that the protagonists are Latino and the book features features bilingual text in English and Spanish!
I love that this book was inspired by a real-life adventure the author’s boys had with their kite. While on vacation in Mexico, siblings Maxton and Bronx are excited to play with their Abuelito’s old kite whom they’ve lovingly named Mr. Macaw. They run off to the beach to play with him but are quickly impeded. A hug storm blows their kite away. The siblings then set off on an adventure across the village to retrieve him. Along they way, they learn the value of teamwork as members of the community all pitch in to help the brothers. From the paletero man to the village mayor, they all had a hand in finding and returning Mr. Macaw.
The element of imaginative play is also a predominant feature of this book. Mr. Macaw magically speaks and converses with Maxton and Bronx, making this a fun read while showing kids the wonders of using their imagination.
Take-away message: This book is a great example for readers of imaginative play. The story also shows them the power of community as they all work together to help someone in need.
TAGS: Latinx, male lead, siblings, nuclear family, family, bilingual, Spanish, indie publisher, hardcover
About the Author:
Leticia Ordaz is a 4-time award-winning author at the International Latino Book Awards and an Emmy-nominated anchor/reporter based in Sacramento, California. As a Latina mother of two boys, she sees the importance of having more bilingual books for them and other children to choose from. After spending countless nights translating picture books to her children in Spanish, Leticia decided it was time to write her own stories for the world to read.
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