Uncle Chente’s Picnic / El picnic de Tío Chente


ISBN: 978-1-5588-5337-9
Publication Date: October 31, 2001
Pages: 32
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 3-7
Trim: 8 ½ x 11
Format: Hardcover

*  Winner of the 2001 “Reading With Energy” Hispanic Children’s Literature Award

*  A warm bilingual tale for children about the joys of spending time with family.

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When a postcard arrives from Uncle Chente saying that he will visit Texas on the Fourth of July, the Cárdenas family happily awaits his visit.  To celebrate his visit, they plan a picnic with an array of Tejano food.  First the family plans the food, ideal for a Texas picnic, and then they plan the decorations.  The only thing they can’t plan for is the weather.

Just before Uncle Chente arrives, mother nature threatens to rain out all their summer fun. The kids panic at the prospect of Uncle Chente’s arrival on a rainy day. But, the kids soon discover that it takes more than a summer thunderstorm to ruin a beautiful day of fun-filled stories and time spent together.

In the tradition of their previous collaboration, Family, Familia, illustrator Pauline Rodriguez Howard and Gonzales Bertrand bring children aged 3 to 7 a story about family bonds so strong that even a rainy day makes for the perfect picnic.