Margarita lives in a mansion. When she climbs her favorite tree, she can look down into the beautiful garden below. She can also see the small house next door where her friend Rosario and her family live. One day she sees Rosario and her brother dragging her tricycle into their yard and hiding it under a pile of boxes. Margarita decides to lie and protect her friends — but is she really helping them? This sensitive story illustrated in magic realist style powerfully presents complex issues of friendship, maturity, and social standing.
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Class differences are seldom part of stories for very young children, but this book tells of rich and poor from the viewpoint of young Margarita, who climbs a tree on her rich family's estate and sees the shacks on the other side of the hedge, where her friend Rosario lives. Margarita watches as Rosario and her brother take her tricycle, but she doesn't say anything about it, even when her mother's lunch guests spew prejudice ("They're all thieves"). The pictures show the Latino characters in a tropical setting, playing with the thick, leafy hedge that separates them. The text is spare, and the richly colored acrylic art, reminiscent of Anthony Browne's work, is just on the edge of magical realism. Although there is no overt message, there is much to talk about. Link this with Browne's Voices in the Park (1998). Hazel Rochman
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Description du livre Groundwood Books, 2007. Hardcover. État : New. Never used!. N° de réf. du libraire P110888996144
Description du livre Groundwood Books, 2007. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0888996144
Description du livre Groundwood Books, 2007. Hardcover. État : New. Alfonso Ruano (illustrateur). book. N° de réf. du libraire M0888996144