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by Tracey Kyle

illustrated by Yoss Sánchez

Running Press 2019

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“Kyle’s endearing tale of reluctant alpaca Pati seamlessly fuses a language-immersion element with the time-old tale of a young person who conquers his or her fears after learning more about the situation at hand. The prose here is short and sweet, with ample amounts of rhyme that children will love to read and hear read to them aloud, but it nonetheless fully fleshes out Pati’s world, her family and cria friends, as well as the upcoming shearing session that she worries will cause her to lose her beloved fleece, along with her ability to make a personal and unique fashion statement with her many bows, bangles and accessories. Sanchez’s vivid and playful illustrations radiate on every page and complement the writing perfectly, with soft lines and a pastel palette that will speak to younger children and lighten the mood. The book includes a helpful bilingual glossary, and the plot, about sharing and helping others, as well as inner versus external beauty and kindness, will surely speak positively to parents and guardians who pick up this title ”- Booklist Online