a warm welcome


30 days of pbDay Nine:  Welcome to My Neighborhood!: A Barrio ABC

By Quiara Alegria Hudes; Illus. Shino Arihara

Arthur A. Levine 2010.


Welcome-to-My-NeighborhoodAn ABC introduction to a little girl’s neighborhood in all its rich detail. […] When Ava’s friend Chien visits her in the Barrio, she takes him on a tour of all of her favorite things about the neighborhood. From fire hydrants to ice cream trucks, bodegas to vacant lots, the sights and sounds of the Barrio — even the less perfect things — come to life in the poetic words of Quiara Hudes, author of the Tony Award-winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS.–publisher’s comments

welcome to my neighborhood 9780545094245Chien’s visit spans the length of the day and there is a great deal of fun to be had in this diverse urban space. Welcome to My Neighborhood is rich in color, texture and flavor. And Sino Arihara’s (gouache) illustrations contribute to the realism Quiara Alegria Hudes is going for—that and an expressed playfulness.

welcome to my neighborhood excerpt-2f7a6b7d18dc7810666ba8b9428559111739ad51I really appreciate the “even the less perfect things” Hudes includes in her alphabet tour through Ava’s barrio. Her neighborhood isn’t Stepford (thank goodness), it’s home with “living room ledges and little old ladies who guard the block.”

Welcome to My Neighborhood is the kind of alphabet book a child could get inspired by, to discover a fascination for how different people live, and develop an alphabet (read language) for their own neighborhood.


Quiara Alegria Hudes “After graduating from public school in Philadelphia, Hudes went on to receive a B.A. in music from Yale University and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown, where she studied with Paula Vogel. […] Hudes is on the board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play in the tenth grade. She now lives in New York with her husband and children.” Bio

Shino Arihara “is a freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in publications such as Time, Wall Street Journal, and Seventeen. She illustrated her first picture book, Ceci Ann’s Day of Why by Christopher Phillips, in 2006. She has since worked on three more. She graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and now lives in Altadena with her husband and their medium size dog.” (via bio) Also Illustrated: Zero is the Leaves on the Tree by Betsy Franco (Tricycle Press 2009); A Song for Cambodia by Michelle Lord (Lee & Low 2008).


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