A Mango in the hand: A story told through Proverbs
Written by Antonio Sacre & Illustrated by Sebastia Serra
Bibliographical Data
A Mango in the Hand: A Story Told Through Proverbs
Spring 2011 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Antonio Sacre
Illustrator: Sebastia Serra
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9734-9
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Language: English/ Some Spanish

Summary: Francisco went to get mangos for his father, mother and himself for desert. It was his first time traveling all the way to the mango tree by himself. He got there and there were a number of bees so he fled. His father told him one mango in the hand is better than one hundred in the tree. Francisco tried again but this time he dropped the mangos. His father told him to not be greedy by grabbing so many. The last time Francisco went he ended up giving away all of his mangos to the people in his town, even the mean person in town. At the end of the story everyone Francisco gave mangos to come to his house and gave their family a bountiful amount of food. His father said that love is repaid with love.

Review: This was a great story. This book had a lot of valuable lessons that it was giving to readers. The pictures were great. They had pictures of items being talked about with a label in Spanish and English. The writing was good and written at grade level. I found the story engaging. The integration of Spanish was nice. The author did a good job of telling us what the statements in Spanish translated into.

Analysis of Literary Elements: At the beginning of the story young Francisco was a good boy but innocent to values. By the end of the story Francisco had learned that it was better to give to others than to take for himself. In the beginning of the story Francisco first tried to get a mango but came up empty handed due to a few bees that he initially lied about and his father made him finally tell the truth about the number of bees. Then he tried to gather too many mangos at once and the fell. His father told him “He who grabs too much, gets little.” To show that Francisco had yet to learn the importance of not being gluttonous. Then the author has Francisco give away all the mangos he collects on the last trip with none left for himself. At this point he has learned a life lesson. “Well mi’jo, it looks like you learned valuable lesson.” which was generosity. And his generosity was rewarded tenfold at the end when all the people he shared with can to pay thanks. This element of the book is the guiding force behind the story, without it the story would have no purpose. This is the key element for the readers. This is geared to hit all children of many different backgrounds.

Author Biography:Antonio Sacre, born in Boston to a Cuban father and Irish-American mother, is an internationally touring writer, storyteller, and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. He earned a BA in English from Boston College and an MA in Theater Arts from Northwestern University. He has performed at the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, and museums, schools, libraries, and festivals internationally. His storytelling recordings have won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Notable Recipient Award, the Parent's Choice Gold and Silver Awards, and the National Association of Parenting Publications Gold Award. He was awarded an Ethnic and Folk Arts Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council.

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