Published by Roaring Brook Press on October 14th 2008
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THREE-TIME PURA BELPRÉ WINNER
Yuyi Morales takes us on a new journey with Señor Calvera, the skeleton from Day of the Dead celebrations. Señor Calvera is worried. He can’t figure out what to give Grandma Beetle for her birthday. Misunderstanding the advice of Zelmiro the Ghost, Señor Calvera decides not to get her one gift, but instead one gift for every letter of the alphabet, just in case. Una Acordéon: An accordion for her to dance to. Bigotes: A mustache because she has none. Cosquillas: Tickles to make her laugh… only to find out at the end of the alphabet that the best gift of all is seeing her friends.
Morales’s art glows in this heart-warming original tale with folklore themes, a companion book to her Pura Belpré-winning JUST A MINUTE.
Just In Case is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year, the winner of the 2009 Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration and a Pura Belpre Honor Book for Narrative.
In English with Spanish vocabulary.
Just In Case is a sequel to Just A Minute. This time Senor Calavera is back to visit Grandma Beetle for her birthday and he wants to take her the perfect present. What I loved about this book was that it focused on the alphabet. I’ve been homeschooling the littles and trying to find materials that are both English and Spanish has proven to be difficult.
I loved how we were able to recite the alphabet in both in English and Spanish and I felt like the Littles were able to take something away from the book.
Once again, the illustrations were beautiful and really captured your eye and brought the story to life.
I would definitely recommend both Just A Minute and Just In Case.
Thank you again to Naz over at Read Diverse Books for recommending these to my littles and I.