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Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin (Hardcover)
Two cousins—one in the United States and one in Mexico—learn their lives aren’t so different in Dear Primo, a charming picture book from award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh.
A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book!
“Reinforces the sense that kids around the world are more alike than different.” —Booklist
“An excellent tool for explaining how cultures connect.” —School Library Journal
Meet Charlie and Carlitos. Charlie lives in America. Carlitos, his primo, lives in Mexico. Charlie takes the subway to school, plays basketball with his friends, and loves pizza. Carlitos rides his bicicleta to school and enjoys playing fútbol at recess, and his favorite meal is quesadillas.
Their lives appear different, but do Charlie and Carlitos have more in common than it seems?
- Learn about Carlitos and his life in rural Mexico.
- Learn what’s different about his daily life and what’s the same, compared to life in the United States.
- Learn that kids everywhere can be very alike, even if their clothes, food, and homes are very different.
- And more!
Through his artwork and story, Duncan Tonatiuh introduces young readers to a very timely idea—that community is larger than just neighborhoods and schools.
About the Author
Duncan Tonatiuh (toh-nah-tee-YOU) is an award-winning author-illustrator. He is both Mexican and American. He grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and graduated from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York City. His artwork is inspired by pre-Columbian art. His aim is to create images and stories that honor the past but are relevant to today’s people, especially children. His books include A Land of Books, Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns, and Separate Is Never Equal. He currently lives in San Miguel with his family but travels in the United States often.
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