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A Charmed Life/ Una vida con suerte Bilingual Edition
Contributor(s): Barbieri, Gladys E., Field, Lisa (Illustrator), Alonso, Carolina E. (Translator)

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ISBN: 155885827X     ISBN-13: 9781558858275
Publisher: Pinata Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2016

Annotation: Felicia always feels very small when she and her mom walk by the huge homes and beautiful gardens to the house where her mother works as a cleaning lady. “I need you to behave,” her mother says, reminding her of all the things she should and shouldn’t do.
But Felicia gets bored, and in spite of her mother’s warnings, begins to explore. She finds a bedroom full of toys. How she wished that her house looked like this! From a window she sees an inviting swing set in the back yard, and soon she’s breaking all of her mother’s rules.
When Mrs. Fitzpatrick comes outside, Felicia can’t help but wonder if the woman knows she was roaming through the house. To her surprise, the red-headed woman offers her lemonade and cookies instead of a scolding. Soon the two realize that—even though they live in different worlds—they have something in common. This bilingual picture book will lend itself to conversations about hopes and dreams and the differences among people.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mothers and daughters; Fiction.
Household employees; Fiction.
Hispanic Americans; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2016018275
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 11.00" W x 0.50" (0.86 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 182024
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Felicia accompanies her housekeeper mother to her job at Mrs. Fitzpatrick's house. Mrs. Fitzpatrick gives Felicia a charm bracelet and tells Felicia about her ancestors who emigrated from Ireland. The wealthy white woman then tells Felicia Latina Felicia that she deserves a "charmed life." The facile story is accompanied by uninspired digital illustrations. The Spanish text is translated literally from the English. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 February #2)

In a story likely to leave readers thinking about class and privilege, a Latina girl named Felicia accompanies her Mamá to a gated mansion, where she works as a housecleaner. Felicia can't resist exploring, peeking into a nursery and swinging on a backyard playscape, where the house's pregnant owner joins her. Mrs. Fitzpatrick discusses her great-grandparents' immigration from Ireland and gives Felicia a charm bracelet—Felicia adores it, though text and art reveal her mother's discomfort with the gift. Barbieri draws clear parallels between the struggles and aspirations of immigrants past and present, while Fields's illustrations practically glow with the promise of the "charmed life" Felicia desires. Her mother's wistful closing line, "Yes, Felicia, you will have a very charmed life," hints at the lengths to which parents will go for their children. Ages 4–8. (May)

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