Written by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Pena
Strap in for the most heart-warming motorcycle ride of your life! Through the protagonist Daisy’s eyes, you get to see the city, people, and places that make up her family’s daily life. There are heartfelt expressions of love and community, brief explanations of the Latino heritage of the town, and wonderfully imaginative thoughts and illustrations throughout. The book is sprinkled through with Spanish (often with English translations) and the drawings are extremely unique, with some pages more traditionally arranged and others that are more like comics. It flows at a nice fast pace, and is colorful, engaging, and introspective.
During the reading:
- If your child has a great relationship with their dad like Daisy does, ask them about fun routines they enjoy with their dad, like Daisy taking a motorcycle ride with her dad every evening!
- If your child knows people who have moved to your country from a different one, you could bring them up to help your child make that connection with Daisy’s family, who she mentions moved to the U.S. from a different country.
- You can ask your child about how Daisy and her dad must feel to have a business they loved closed down. Help them to be able to put labels on those emotions of disappointment or sadness, and to put themselves in the shoes of Daisy and her dad to identify those feelings.
- When you read about Daisy and her dad passing by Abuelito and Abuelita’s house, if your child doesn’t speak Spanish, explain that those are her grandparents! If your child has a good relationship with their grandparents, ask them to tell you about fun activities that they enjoy doing with their grandparents! You can talk about how delicious the food their grandparents cook, just like Daisy’s, if that’s applicable to you.
- There are some other words that would be helpful to define if your child doesn’t speak Spanish as you read them – for example, panaderia means bakery!
- The very last sentiment about the changing city but constant home could open up a good discussion for you if that is something your child is struggling with! If changes they’re experiencing are stressing them out, take some time to talk about routines that your family has that will stay the same, just like how Daisy will always ride the motorcycle with her dad every evening when he gets home from work. That can help to alleviate their stress as they see an example of another child experiencing something similar and have reinforced the constants in their life.
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