Pepe and the Parade: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage

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$16.99  $15.63
Little Bee Books
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11.1 X 8.6 X 0.5 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

Tracey Kyle is a children's book author and an eighth-grade Spanish teacher. She studied in Madrid, which inspired her to write her first picture book, Gazpacho for Nacho. Tracey is also the author of the stunning picture book, A Paintbrush for Paco. When she's not writing lesson plans or working on a new story, she loves to read, cook, and practice yoga. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two cats. Learn more about Tracey at

Mirelle Ortega is an illustrator and concept artist currently living in California. She's originally from the southeast of Mexico, and has a passion for storytelling, sci-fi, film, tv, color, and culture. Mirelle has a BFA from the Tecnolรณgico de Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico) in digital art and 3D animation, and an MFA from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is fluent in Spanish and English.


All races and geographical areas are represented, from North America to Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. The bright and vivid colors add a festive layer to the illustrations, and the rhyming text is peppered with Spanish words that are defined in a glossary...the bright palette and uniqueness of subject warrants a space on picture-book shelves.--Booklist
Pepe wakes up early to participate in the Hispanic Day Parade. He can't wait to join his friends in celebration of his culture while enjoying delicious food from various countries. His family joins in on the festivities by dressing in native Mexican costumes; Mami in her flowery falda, Papi in his mariachi outfit, and Abuelo in his sombrero. As the parade begins, Pepe sees his friends from school. They represent Columbia, Honduras, Ecuador, San Salvador, and pretty much all of the Central and Latin American countries. The author provides information on Hispanic Heritage Month, including the differences in using the terms Hispanic and Latino. A glossary of terms provides a pronunciation guide of the Spanish words that are interspersed throughout the rhyming text. VERDICT With so many cultures introduced in this pleasant picture book with lively comic-style illustrations, readers may be inspired to explore a particular culture in depth.--School Library Journal