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Revolución en el recreo Recess Revolution
by Pat Alvarado   

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Publisher:  Piggy Press, S.A. ISBN-10:  9962629098 Type: 
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122

Copyright:  Mar 1 2003 ISBN-13:  9789962629092
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El cambiar de escuelas no es nada agradable para Eric cuando se encuentra con Hank 'el Tanque' Granger. Averigua como Eric y sus amigos resuelven su problema.

Moving to a new school is not so pleasant for Eric Jackson when he must face Hank 'the Tank' Granger. But a history lesson, well-applied, revolutionizes the school yard.

    

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El autobús rechinó al parar al frente de un edificio de ladrillos de tres pisos. De la ventana Eric leyó las letras plateadas: Escuela Pública. Su estomago comenzó a retorcerse y pensó que se iba a enfermar.

The bus screeched to a halt in front of a three-story brick building. From the window Eric read the silver letters: Public School. His stomach did somersaults, and he thought he was going to be sick.


Professional Reviews

Dos libros infantiles hacen su aparición
Raúl A. Bernal



El Panamá América



La editorial infantil "Piggy Press" presentará este miércoles 9 de abril, a las 7:00 p.m. en la librería Exedra Books, sus dos nuevas publicaciones que introducirá al mercado local. Se trata de los libros "Revolución en el Recreo" y "El Bosque Escondido", de la estadounidense Patricia Veazey Alvarado y el panameño Eduardo Lince Fábrega, respectivamente.



Tanto Veazey Alvarado como Lince Fábrega pertenecen a "Letras de Fuego", un grupo literario panameño cuyo objetivo es establecer un vínculo directo entre escritor y lector. Y eso es lo que precisamente buscan estos escritores con su más reciente cosecha al llevar al público infantil, y también adulto, mensajes positivos para tratar de edificar un mundo mejor.



La obra de Pat Alvarado es didáctica y dirigida básicamente a escolares de cuarto a sexto grado. A través de una narrativa sencilla, usando el género cuento, esta escritora enseña valores humanos como el compartir con los demás, que la unión hace la fuerza para enfrentar cualquier mal y, sobre todo, ofrece lecciones de Historia Universal y de Estudios Sociales que ayudan a comprender muchas realidades.



"Revolución en el Recreo" narra la historia de un niño que llega a una escuela y se encuentra que en ella hay un compañerito más grande que tiene intimidado a todos los estudiantes más pequeños. Este decide junto a sus nuevos compañeros avasallados, formar un grupo para vencer al opresor.



Este es el primero de sus 12 libros, el cual hoy se presenta en doble versión en español e inglés, cuidadosamente corregido y rediagramado, ya que cuenta con ilustraciones de Andrea E. Alvarado en los diez capítulos que comprende y un aparte denominado "Temas para pensar".



Amante de la naturaleza, fotógrafa de afición, profesora y maestra de vocación, y activista de varias organizaciones nacionales e internacionales, con 33 años de residir en Panamá, esta profesional de las letras está en la etapa final de la segunda parte del referido libro, con lo cual predente ayudar a la niñez a aprender a valerse por sí misma.



Miércoles 9 de abril de 2003



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Recess Revolution: a playground drama that makes kids think
by Eric Jackson, editor of The Panama News
a book review by Eric Jackson





Revolución en el Recreo / Recess Revolution


a bilingual (Spanish/English) children's paperback


written by Pat Alvarado, illustrated by Andrea E. Alvarado


Piggy Press (Panama) 2003 (www.piggypress.com)


($8 retail in Panama, but teachers should contact the publisher at info@piggypress.com because there are discounts for educators and for schools buying in bulk)








“Recess Revolution” confirms Pat Alvarado’s status as the most prolific English-language book author in Panama. This bilingual children’s book, in some respects a refinement of her earlier “Ben’s Brigade,” also ought to earn her a bit more stature in the field of children’s literature throughout the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds.





Basically this is a story of a fifth grader who goes to a new school and encounters a bully who with a few lackeys runs a shakedown racket. The stakes are lunch money and dignity. The tale gets into underground organization and the dangers that betrayal and laziness can pose to such enterprises, crime, punishment, morality, adult authority, the teachings of Benjamin Franklin and just a dab of class violence.





This book, along with Eduardo Lince Fábrega’s “El Bosque Escondido,” a Spanish-language children’s fantasy and morality tale, was the subject of a double book presentation at Exedra Books on April 9. A large crowd showed up, and though it included family and friends of both writers, mainly it was a demonstration that despite economic pressures that have lowered private school enrollments in recent years, the Panamanian middle class places high priority on the education of its children.





“Recess Revolution” is neither strident nor dogmatic, and Alvarado herself stays away from political controversies. Yet the book is in its own indirect way about Columbine, Saddam Hussein vs. George W. Bush, lynching, Panamanian juega vivo, the punishment and redemption of criminals and those annoying Panama City street blockades. That’s because a good teacher can use this story as a starting point to discuss those extreme examples of the general themes that are raised within.





Because it’s bilingual, this book will also be useful for the teaching of English to young Panamanians, which is a popular cause here at the moment, and the teaching of Spanish to young Americans, something that gets sneered at all too much in the climate of xenophobia that has swept across the USA lately.





Will it pass muster before the powers that be in either place? In Panama the problem is that Pat Alvarado is only a talented writer and educator and past president of the local chapter of the National League of American Pen Women, while the best credentials to get a book into the public schools here are based on the family or partisan ties that she lacks. In the US, the problem is that well organized groups of alleged Christian conservatives spend a lot of time and money lobbying state governments to keep books that encourage thinking out of the public schools. Let’s hope that the hurdles can be surmounted. “Recess Revolution” belongs in the schools.




editor@thepanamanews.com, Copyright 2003 www.thepanamanews.com


Volume 9, Issue 7, April 26, 2003





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