About The Book
In a little green house in a city by the sea, Tina searches for a friend. The tall buildings crept in like weeds and ruined the neighborhood. The bulldozers crushed the houses of Tina’s friends, causing them to leave. Now, Tina sits alone on the front stoop of her house. Then one day, while working in her mother’s garden, Tina sees a young girl next door. Tina is captivated by this girl, Little Bell, with her funny names for things and her imagination. But Mamá does not approve of Little Bell, saying, “That girl needs to learn proper talk” and “That girl needs some suitable clothes.”
When Tina invites Little Bell to the house for dinner without her mother’s permission, Tina senses problems ahead. Then when one of the most important items for the dinner preparations goes missing and Little Bell wants to help, Tina groans. What will Mamá say when Little Bell brings home her “scarecrow skins” to help make tamales?
Ofelia Dumas Lachtman and Alex Pardo DeLange once again team up to give us a lively story about an unusual friendship.