Item description for Happy Birthday to Me! by Tessie DeVore & David DeVore...
Overview David celebrates his birthday with his Hispanic mother, his Anglo father, and members from both sides of the family as they share a great day of cultural food, party games, language, relationships, and faith. Full color.
Publishers Description Welcome to a wonderful birthday party On his birthday, a cross-cultural child learns how special he is to his family and to God. Along with presents and packages, his extended families bring the favorite foods, party games, and language of their different cultures -- Hispanic and Anglo.
Citations And Professional Reviews Happy Birthday to Me! by Tessie DeVore & David DeVore has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 09/19/2005 page 35
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 9.96" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher Strang Communications
ISBN 1591852072 ISBN13 9781591852070
Availability 0 units.
More About Tessie DeVore & David DeVore
David and Tessie DeVore are a husband-and-wife team who live the experience of this book day in and day out. She is Cuban/Puerto Rican, and he is from Gainesville, Florida. Tessie G]ell DeVore is the publisher Casa Creacisn, Strang Communications' Spanish imprint.
Reviews - What do customers think about Happy Birthday to Me?
Great for some families Jun 15, 2008
Happy Birthday to Me by David and Tessie DeVore celebrates both cultural diversity and the amazing blessing of a child's life.
The story begins with young David (about five years old) excited because today is his birthday. He finds his Latino mother (Mami) in the kitchen cooking up special birthday food, then steps outside to help his Caucasian father (Papi), hang the pinata. "I never had a pinata when I was a boy," Papi says. Then Mami brings out the food: Arroz, friholes negros, tostones, and flan...her favorite foods when she was a child in Puerto Rico. And there's also Papi's favorite foods from when he was a boy: Hamburgers, fries, and green beans.
Papi's parents (Grandpa and Grandma) and Mami's parents (Abuelo and Abuela) soon knock on the door, followed by David's aunts, uncles, and cousins on his father's side and his tios and tias on his mother's side. They bob for apples and smash the pinata. Abuela laughs and says, "We never bobbed for apples in Cuba," while Grandma says, "We never had pinatas in South Carolina when I was growing up." "What a blessing that David has both of our families' cultures top enjoy," Abuela concludes.
David receives a variety of presents, including books in both English and Spanish, an American football and a Spanish "futbol" (soccer ball). The family sings "Happy Birthday" and David blows out his candles. Then the Grandpa and Auelo pray, thanking God repeatedly for David, and for blessing him with two rich cultures. "We ask that You continue to bless David and use him to show others how diverse and wonderful the world is," they pray. Finally, David thanks God for a wonderful birthday - and a wonderful family.
What I Like: I love that this book covers the topic of birthdays with such a strong emphasis on the fact that they are about thanking God for the birthday boy (or girl). David's family is not only diverse, but they are loving and warm, and willing to share their different traditions. Happy Birthday to Me is especially ideal for those with Latino and Caucasians friends and family, or for those who live in a culturally diverse area...or those who want to learn more about the Latino culture.
What I Dislike: The illustrations by Heather Graham are only so-so. The colors are pale, and sometimes the images are dull. But the biggest fault in "Happy Birthday to Me" is that parents who know little or no Spanish will have a tough time reading the book aloud. Having grown up in an area with a large Latino population, I know a wee bit of Spanish, but not nearly enough to get me through this book without butchering the language. "Happy Birthday to Me" would appeal to a much broader audience if the authors included a pronunciation guide.
Overall Rating: Good.
Kristina Seleshanko, Managing Editor of Christian Children's Book Review [...]