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 Vamos! let's cross the bridge (Vamos! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt))
 Author: Raul the Third

 Publisher:  Versify (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 740526 ISBN: 9780358380405
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Subjects:
 Delivery of goods -- Fiction
 Bridges -- Fiction
 Traffic congestion -- Fiction
 Parties -- Fiction
 Mexican Americans -- Fiction

Price: $19.48

Summary:
Little Lobo and his dog Bernabe have a new truck and they are using it to carry party supplies over the bridge with their pals El Toro and La Oink Oink. The line is long and everyone on the bridge is stuck. How will they pass the time? Eventually everyone comes together for an epic party on the bridge between two different countries. A lively follow-up to Vamos! Let's Go Eat.

 Illustrator: Bay, Elaine

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/01/21)
   School Library Journal (+) (10/01/21)
   Booklist (08/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/01/2021 Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third offers a third book in his widely praised ¡Vamos! series. Little Lobo and his friends must take a truck filled with party supplies across the Puente Libre bridge to another country for a big celebration. The bridge is always bustling with people on foot, in cars, and on bicycles, going to and from both countries. However, today is a very busy day, and everyone is stuck on the bridge. What can they do to pass the time while they wait? Little Lobo and his friends think of an excellent idea. In addition to being full of entertaining artwork, this gently teaches children how to make the best out of an unexpected situation. The Spanish words throughout the text are ideal for readers who are learning or expanding their Spanish vocabulary. Raúl the Third's intricate illustrations in his signature art style bring the busy bridge to life with so much detail that every read through will have kids spotting new things on each page. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 10/01/2021 PreS-Gr 2—Little Lobo has his new truck loaded up with fun things for a big celebración—piñatas, cakes, gifts, and more—but first Little Lobo and friends have to cross the puente to get to the city. As they make their way, readers can see the colorful towns on both sides of the bridge, one that resembles the Paso del Norte International Bridge. It connects two similar towns in two countries, one in which English is mostly spoken, and one in which Spanish is the main language. Having to wait in much heavier traffic than anticipated, Little Lobo shows his friends the incredible happenings all around them—food trucks selling delicious foods like churros, lowriders bouncing up and down, and a bus full of luchadores. As they wait, the friends realize they can bring the celebration to everyone. New and returning visitors to the "¡Vamos!"series will jump right into the bright, colorful world and travel alongside the characters, taking in the sights and imagining the smells. Readers will love pointing out the Easter eggs and cultural references on every page, many of which, like Cantinflas and De la Rosa Mazapan, may be very familiar. Vibrant spreads allow the party to spill out of the pages, and the Spanish words appear in a glossary. VERDICT A perfect addition to the world of "¡Vamos!" and to picture book collections for children.—Selenia Paz, Harris County P.L., Houston - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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