The Birthday Swap
Written and illustrated by Loretta Lopez
It's the day before her older sister's birthday, and five-year-old Lori is determined to find her own gift to give. This year, Lori decides, she doesn't want to sign her name to everyone else's present. But it's not easy shopping for the perfect gift. Even though Lori knows what she would want, none of the wonderful things she sees at the Mercado seem quite right. Little does Lori know that the best, most perfect gifts sometimes come to us when we least expect them.
In this warm-hearted tale about the joys of giving and receiving, Loretta Lopez celebrates family love and togetherness through her affectionate prose and fun, colorful illustrations.
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About the Creators
who was born in El Paso, Texas, earned a fine arts degree at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in New York City. Visit her online at lorettalopez.com.
About This Title
Commended Lists - Américas Book Award
Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Interest Level:Grades K - 3
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Siblings, Sharing & Giving, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Holidays/Traditions, Friendship, Families, Gratitude, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Realistic Fiction
Part of These Collections
English Fiction Grades 3-6, Fluent Dual Language , Fluent English, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, English Guided Reading Level O, Latin American English Collection Grades 3-6, Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , Sibling Collection Grades K-5, English Fiction Grades PreK-2, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades K-2, Texas Book Collection , Community Collection, Realistic Fiction Collection Grades PreK-2, Dual Language Collection English and Spanish, Dual Language Levels N-Z Collection