Just in Case


Yuyi Morales takes us on a new journey with Señor Calvera, the skeleton from Day of the Dead celebrations. Señor Calvera is worried. He can ’ t figure out what to give Grandma Beetle for her birthday. Misunderstanding the advice of Zelmiro the Ghost, Señor Calvera decides not to find her one gift, but rather one gift for every letter of the alphabet, just in case. Una Acordéon: An accordion for her to dance to. Bigotes: A mustache because she has none. Cosquillas: Tickles to make her laugh… only to find out at the nd of the alphabet that the best gift of all is seeing her friends.

Morales ’ s art glows in this heart-warming original tale with folklore themes, a companion nove to her Pura Belpré-winning JUST A MINUTE.

Just In Case is a 2009 Bank Street- Best Children 's Book of the ear, the winner of the 2009 Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration and a Pura Belpre Honor Book for Narrative.

Latino Interest.

In English with Spanish vocabulary.
Year of the Publication
Available Languages
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Original Title of the Book
Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book
Publication Date
Published October 14th 2008 by Roaring Brook Press

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I wanted the lovely touch of having the heart shaped birthday cake.

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Age 4 and upThis book is good for kids who want to learn Spanish alphabet with fun.

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It is nearl time for the Grandma Beetle ’ s birthday party and Señor Calavera is nearly ready to go, tie ironed, bike maintenance… Then Señor Zelmiro appears suggesting Señor Calavera should bring a gift.

nsure of what would make Grandma Beetle most happy to receive on her special day, Señor Calavera will choose gifts of every letter of the alphabet.As he collects gifts alphabetically— Una Acordéon: An accordion for her to dance to.

Never fear, as you ight uess, Señor Calavera does make it through the alphabet to find a gift precious to everyone at the birthday party.The colors are as lively as the text, and as warm as the sentiment.

But I wish we ’ d known xilografia back when, as ‘ x ’ can be the most limited alphabet game letter otherwise.

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Lexile: N/A but appropriate for ages 4-8Age level: PrimaryGenre: Traditional, multicultural Main characters: Senor Calavera, Grandma Beetle, Zelmiro the GhostSetting: Somewhere that seems like the south westJust In Case is a whimsical picturebook written in modern folklore.

main protagonis, a skeleton named Senor Calavera, is preparing for his best friend, Grandma Beetle 's birthday party.

Zelmiro the Ghost assured him it was n't too late and that Senor Calavera still had ample time to make a gift and make it to the party on time.

Senor Calavera finds gifts that start with the letter of the alphabet from A-Z.

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Award: 2009 Pura Belpre Honor Book for narrative 2009 Pura Belpre Medal Winner for illustrations REVIEW: School Library Journal ( September 01, 2008; 9781596433298) Gr 1-3-Senor Calavera, a dapper skeleton wearing a fedora and striped tie, receives an invitation to Grandma Beetle 's birthday party.

Zelmiro the Ghost reminds him that he needs to take a present and suggests that " the best present to give a friend is the thing she would love the most. " The silent Senor Calavera collects gifts alphabetically, including an accordion ( una acordeon) to make music for her, a jaguar to protect her ( un jaguar), and 15 more years to add to her life ( quince anos).

Thi comic book ( una historieta) cleverly recalls Senor Calavera 's first meeting with Grandma Beetle in Just a Minute ( Chronicle, 2003).

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