A Box Full of Kittens by Sonia Manzano

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Ruthie loves Superman.
Ruthie wants to be Superman.

And when Ruthie is asked to go spend the afternoon with her aunt, who is about to have a baby any day day now and may need some help., Ruthie seizes the opportunity. It could be her chance to be a hero, should the baby come while she's visiting! But when Ruthie is out fetching a snack for her aunt, she gets so distracted by a box full of kittens in the bodega that she doesn't hear her aunt calling for her, nor does she notice the policemen running to the apartment or the ambulance pulling to the curb. When she realizes what's happened, she's devastated -- she's missed her one chance to be a hero! Or has she?

Sonia Manzano, best known as "Maria" on Sesame Street, once again captures the warmth, love, and adventures of her childhood Bronx neighborhood.
 

About Sonia Manzano

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Sonia Manzano is best known as "Maria," one of the first Hispanic characters on Sesame Street, a role she has delighted in for more than twenty years. She has earned fifteen Emmy Awards as a member of the Sesame Street writing staff, and this is her picture book debut. Sonia Manzano lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. What would she bring on a trip to the lake? Sonia wouldn't dream of going to the lake without her harp! Matt Phelan's black-and-white illustrations first appeared in The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney. His f irst picture book is The New Girl...and Me, written by Jacqui Robbins. Matt lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
Published June 5, 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Ruthie, a girl who loves Superman and kittens, is asked to keep her aunt Juanita company.

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Though Ruthie proves helpful at fetching her aunt cool treats such as piraqua (a snow cone) and coquito (coconut ice)—and doing so “faster than the speed of light”—it’s the cuddly titular attraction at the local bodega that distracts her from her potentially heroic duties.

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