I See The Sun In Mexico/Veo el Sol en México

By Dedie King • Illustrated by Judith Inglese
Translated by Julio Ortiz Manzo
Satya House Publishers • 2012 • 40 pages
Paperback ($12.95)
ISBN: 978-1-9358741-4-0
Ages: 5-8

A delightful trip awaits young readers in this book as they are taken through a child’s typical day in La Paz, Mexico, from the child’s point of view. The story begins as Luis wakes up in this town close to the sea, and takes readers from Luis’ home, through town and the open market, to his father’s excursion boat, which offers tours to visitors. The tourists spend the day with Luis and his father on their boat, sightseeing and swimming. Luis’ father prepares their meals. Cultural aspects of the town and its environment are seamlessly woven into the story.

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The book is part of an award-winning series that also covers Russia, Afghanistan, Nepal, and China, written by an author and teacher who has spent time immersed in the cultures of those countries. The mixed-media images, made up of photos and drawings, are engaging and complement the text well. At the end of the book there is a one-page note that shares more information about the story’s setting, as well as a glossary.

Reviewed by Bianca Elliott, PhD., High School and University Educator