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Looking for Bongo
by Eric Velasquez
Eric Velasquez, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 9 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823435654 | 01-31-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: KINDERGARTEN | Age: 3 to 6

Themes: Family & Relationships, Determination, Preschool, African American Interest, Hispanic American Interest
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ*

CCSS Codes:
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
W.1.3, 5, 8
RL.1.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
L.1.1, 1d, 1j, 2, 2b, 4, 4a, 5, 5c, 6
RF.1.1, 2, 3, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c

About the Book

Rich illustrations help tell the story of a mystery cleverly solved in this story about a young boy and his loving Afro-Latino family.

Oh no! A boy's beloved stuffed toy, Bongo, is missing. No one can help him. When he asks his abuela where Bongo is, she answers, "Yo no sé. I don't know." Mom and Dad haven't seen Bongo either. Gato just says "Meow," and runs away. When Bongo finally turns up behind Dad's drum, the problem of Bongo's whereabouts is resolved . . . but it doesn't answer how Bongo got there! The boy decides to set a trap to catch the Bongo thief.


★"This work's celebration of the diversity within Latino culture will warm hearts. . . . A sweet tale recommended for diverse toddler storytimes."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

"Home life is multi-generational and loving."—Booklist

"Velasquez's portrayal of a family that is both black and Latino (a rarity in children's books) is refreshing."—Kirkus Reviews

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How does Eric Velasquez use illustrations and details in the story to develop the characters, setting and events? RL.K-1.6

2. Who are Gato and Daisy in the story? Explain how the words, phrases and illustrations help you figure out who the characters are in Looking for Bongo. RL.K-1.1, 3

3. What is the problem in the story? How is it resolved? RL.K-1.3/SL.K-1.1

4. Find Spanish words and phrases from the story. Find a strategy to figure out what they mean. Explain your strategy. RL.K-1.4/L.K-1.4

About the Illustrator
Eric Velasquez