Uncle Chente’s Picnic / El picnic de Tío Chente
Publication Date: October 31, 2001
Imprint: Piñata Books
Trim: 8 ½ x 11
* 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.Look Inside
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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.
Named to the Latino Literary Hall of Fame for Best Children’s Picture Book; Finalist, 2001 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award; Winner, “Reading With Energy” Hispanic Children’s Literature Award
“The author tells a simple but enjoyable story that children will relate to easily at many different levels.”
—Multicultural Review on Family, Familia
“A brisk bilingual text that uses rhythmic prose to tell a simple story.”
—School Library Journal on Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup / Caldo, caldo, caldo
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.
PAULINE RODRIGUEZ HOWARD is the illustrator of two bilingual picture books for children: Family, Familia (Arte Público Press, 1999) and Icy Watermelon / Sandía fría (Arte Público Press, 2000). She obtained her BFA in Art from the University of Houston and attended the Glassell School of Art. She is a member of the Central Texas Pastel Society and has work in several art galleries and collections. She lives in San Antonio, Texas with her family.