Kikirikí / Quiquiriquí
An engaging bilingual story for children about two plucky girls’ attempt to save their pet rooster.
by Diane de Anda
Illustrated by Daniel Lechón
Spanish translation by Karina Hernández
Publication Date: May 31, 2004
Imprint: Piñata Books
Marta and Celia have never seen Sunday dinner strut in their backyard, so when Abuela brings home a wily rooster, they are shocked at the rooster’s ugly fate. When the girls accidentally overhear Abuela telling their parents about dinner plans that involve Kiki, they know that they have to save their new friend.
They hide him in the closet in their room, but when his joyful cries wake the family at dawn, they know that they’ve been caught. They soon discover that Kiki has a few tricks of his own up his wing, and with a wink, he manages to save the day.
In this raucous tale about a resourceful little rooster and the girls who love him, popular children’s author Diane de Anda ponders the conflict of urban and rural traditions in the modern family.
“. . . Hispanic American children find strength in their loving extended families . . . children will enjoy the warm celebration of cultures.”—Booklist on The Ice Dove and Other Stories
“Younger children in this age group will enjoy these fast-paced tales brimming with positive values.”—MultiCultural Review on The Immortal Rooster and Other Stories
“. . .Diane de Anda is a talented storyteller whose stories will surely capture a child’s imagination.”—Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work on The Immortal Rooster and Other Stories
“Diane de Anda writes with a lyrical prose style perfectly suited to capturing the attention and engaging the interest of her young readers.”—Children’s Bookwatch on The Immortal Rooster and Other Stories
DIANE DE ANDA, a professor in the department of Social Welfare at UCLA, is the author of two collections of short fiction for young readers, The Ice Dove and Other Stories (Piñata Books, 1997) and The Immortal Rooster and Other Stories (Piñata Books, 1999). She is the author of numerous articles and non-fiction books, including Violence: Diverse Populations and Communities (Haworth Press, 2000), Project Peace: A Safe-Schools Skills Training Program for Adolescents: Leader’s Manual (Castalia Pub Co, 1997), and Controversial Issues in Multiculturalism (Pearson Education, 1996).
DANIEL LECHÓN is an internationally respected painter whose works have been collected by both museums and individuals in both the United States and Mexico. His paintings have been included in the “Coors Expresiones Hispanas,” (1987-1989), an exhibition of fifty of the nation’s finest Hispanic artists selected by jury from 3,000 entries.
ATOS Interest Level: Lower Grades
Category: Picture Book
ATOS English: 4
ATOS Spanish: 4
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 115720