In a picture book with no words, Shrewbettina’s birthday has an unfortunate start when a thief snatches her purse, but it ends with a glorious birthday party filled with feasting, dancing, and merriment.
As a little girl and her father work together to make her birthday cake, he tells the story of her Grandpa Cacao, a farmer from the Ivory Coast. Includes author’s note and a cake recipe.
When Teresita opens her eyes that morning, she knows it’s a special day. It’s her birthday, and now she’s a big girl. She’s seven! And her Tio Ramon has promised her a surprise. She can’t wait to find out what it is!
A Surprise for Teresita/Una sorpresa para Teresita has been discussed in My Take/Your Take for September 2020.
Five-year-old Ariel wants a very simple birthday celebration at the park with bean and cheese tacos and bubbles, despite his older brother Dario’s preference for big birthday parties.
Bobby wants a shark for his birthday, so he is disappointed when his parents get him a puppy instead–but this puppy turns out to be a bit of a shark herself.
Unable to find anyone to play with, Mario agrees to help his Nana by watching cousin Gia, but caring for the toddler is challenging and Mario is near the end of his rope when he gets a reminder that spending time with family is a gift.
What if Joe doesn’t like the party he’s going to? What if he doesn’t like the food or the games or the people? As Joe and his mom walk down the darkening street, Joe’s imagination starts to run wild. And as they search for the right place, he wonders “what if …” at each house, peeking in to see some surprising sights.
On Good Friday, a school holiday in Trinidad, Rajiv spends the day searching for a special birthday present for his grandmother.