Birthday in the Barrio/ Cumpleaños en el Barrio
Chavi is a strong, intelligent, and resourceful protagonist. Her ingenious efforts to organize a party not only demonstrate her skills but also a strong sense of her Cuban American neighborhood in Miami. Tonel… offers cartoonlike watercolors full of good-natured, unstoppable enthusiasm. . . . A good choice, both for the heroine’s can-do attitude and because, for a change, adults are seen following the lead of wise children.