The Last Doll / La última muñeca (Paperback)


by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

ISBN: 978-1-5588-5291-4
Category: Picture Book
Published: September 30, 2009
Bind: Trade Paperback
Pages: 32
Age Group: 3-7
Acc. Reader Disk: 45974

A bilingual children’s tale about saving the best for last.

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Toys today can walk and talk, run and jump, boom and vroom, glow and crow. So how is a classy doll in a room full of robots to compete?

The beautiful but old-fashioned Sarita sadly watches as her shelf-mates are purchased by eager shoppers and taken home. She looks out through the dust-covered plastic of her box, and she worries that she will be the last one. Every day she preens and puts her best porcelain face forward, but every evening, she remains on the shelf.

Finally one day, a tall man in a black mustache decides that she is perfect, and that she absolutely must be the last doll for his godchild, Teresa, on her quinceañera. Sarita’s alarm at still being last quickly shifts to pride when she realizes that sometimes people save the best for last.

Together, the heartwarming tale and the lovingly depicted illustrations offer the reader a glimpse into this special day in the life of the young girl Teresa, her godparents, her family, her friends—and, of course, Sarita, her última muñeca.

“This is a high-interest bilingual presentation of an important Hispanic rite of passage.” —School Library Journal

“Even children who aren’t familiar with a quinceañera party will love this story and painlessly learn a little Latin tradition.” —MultiCultural Review

“This frothy confection will probably delight the hearts of doll-loving girls and make non-Latinas long for their own quinceañera coming-out parties.” —Booklist

DIANE GONZALES BERTRAND is the author of numerous books for children. They include Cecilia and Miguel Are Best Friends / Cecilia y Miguel son mejores amigos (Piñata Books, 2014); Sofía and the Purple Dress / Sofía y el vestido morado (Piñata Books, 2012); Adelita and the Veggie Cousins / Adelita y las primas verduritas (Piñata Books, 2011); The Party for Papá Luis / La fiesta para Papá Luis (2010); We Are Cousins / Somos primos (2007); Ricardo’s Race / La carrera de Ricardo (2007); The Empanadas That Abuela Made / Las empanadas que hacía la abuela (2002); Uncle Chente’s Picnic / El picnic de Tío Chente, (2001); The Last Doll / La última muñeca (2001); Family, Familia (1999); and Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup / Caldo, caldo, caldo (1997). A lifelong resident of San Antonio, Bertrand teaches at St. Mary’s University, where she is also Writer in Residence.

Learn more by visiting her faculty page.

Anthony Accardo

Brooklyn, NY

ANTHONY ACCARDO has illustrated more than fifty children’s books, including Chiles for Benito / Chiles para Benito (Piñata Books, 2003) and The Last Doll / La última muñeca (Piñata Books, 2001). His paintings have been exhibited in both the United States and Europe. A New York native, he lives in Brooklyn.

Accelerated Reader Quiz #45974 | ATOS English: 4.2 | ATOS Spanish: 4.2 | ATOS Interest Level: Lower Grade

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