Pepita Packs Up / Pepita empaca


by Ofelia Dumas Lachtman

Illustrations by Alex Pardo DeLange

Spanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura

ISBN: 978-1-55885-431-4
Publication Date: November 30, 2005
Pages: 32
Imprint: Piñata Books
Trim Size: 8 ½ x 11
Format: Hardcover
Ages: 3-7

The fifth installment in the popular “Pepita” series of bilingual picture books.

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About The Book

This is the next installment of the spunky heroine Pepita, but she’s not staying for long.  No, there is a big yellow moving truck parked in front of Pepita’s house.  The family’s furniture is piled in the back, but Pepita is not ready to say goodbye.  She likes her little street and the grocer who works at one end, the ladies work at the tortilla shop at the other end, and her Tía Rosa who lives right in the middle.

When Mamá sends Pepita to run errands, Mr. Hobbs, the grocer, asks, “Are you here to say goodbye?” Then the ladies in the tortilla shop ask.  Then Tía Rosa.  But Pepita insists that she’s not saying goodbye because “goodbye is an ugly word.”

But she’ll miss her neighbor and best friend Sonya the most. Papá says that she’ll have to tell Sonya goodbye.

This bilingual picture book focuses on the tough transition that many kids make: leaving a beloved place for a new one.  Readers ages 3 to 7 will follow plucky Pepita as she learns to move on.


Recipient of a 1996 Skipping Stones Award

“Clearly the best side by side children’s book.” —Los Angeles Times

OFELIA DUMAS LACHTMAN was born in Los Angeles of Mexican-immigrant parents. She is the author of seven previous bilingual picture books, Tina and the Scarecrow Skins / Tina y las pieles de espantapájaros (Piñata Books, 2002), Big Enough / Bastante grande (Piñata Books, 1998), and four other books in the Pepita series: Pepita Finds Out / Lo que Pepita descubre (Piñata Books, 2002), Pepita Takes Time / Pepita, siempre tarde (Piñata Books, 2000), Pepita Thinks Pink / Pepita y el color rosado (Piñata Books, 1998), and Pepita Talks Twice / Pepita habla dos veces (Piñata Books, 1995).

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, ALEX PARDO DELANGE was raised there and in Buenos Aires, Argentina before coming to the United States, where she graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She now lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband and three children. In addition to her art for the Pepita Series with Ofelia Dumas Lachtman, she is also the Illustrator of The Empanadas that Abuela Made / Las empanadas que hacía la abuela (Piñata Books, 2003), Tina and the Scarecrow Skins / Tina y las pieles de espantapájaros (Piñata Books, 2002), and Sip, Slurp, Soup Soup / Caldo, caldo, caldo (Piñata Books, 2002).

AR Quiz #102346 | ATOS English: 2.9 | ATOS Spanish: 3.3 | ATOS IL: LG