What Are You Doing? by Elisa Amado

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It’s the first day of school, but before he goes Chepito runs outside to play. He comes across all kinds of people in his neighborhood — a man reading a newspaper, a young girl enjoying a comic, a couple of tourists consulting a guidebook, an archeologist studying hieroglyphics… “Why, why, why?” he sings, and they each have an answer for him. Later that day Chepito discovers for himself that reading is catching, and he even brings home a book to “read” to his younger sister.

Elisa Amado has written a perfect introduction to the pleasures and uses of the written word for young children. Set in a delightfully retro world by illustrator Manuel Monroy, this book is a true celebration of reading.

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Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator who once flew one of the barriletes of Santiago. She has writtenCousins (Primas)andTricycle (El triciclo), which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her most recent book,What Are You Doing?(illustrated by Manuel Monroy), has received stellar reviews. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. Alfonso Ruano is the illustrator of the award-winningThe Compositionand is the art director for Grupo SM, the world's largest publisher of Spanish-language children's books. He lives in Madrid, Spain.
Published April 1, 2011 by Groundwood Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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A young boy discovers the possibilities of reading on his first day of school.

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