Reina Ramos: Neighborhood Helper

­HarperCollins. (I Can Read Level 2). Sept. 2024. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780063223257; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780063223240.
Gr 1-2–When Reina Ramos’s class wants to win a pizza party for collecting the most cans in the food drive, she goes into overdrive planning and encourages those around her to participate. She even recruits Abuela, who agrees to help but then gets distracted with a new baby in the neighborhood. Reina’s class loses by one can, and the disappointment is palpable. However, with Abuela’s help, Reina learns that winning isn’t everything, and there are still others to help. Otheguy’s text is perfect for beginning readers to tackle on their own. Her blend of Spanish will expose young readers to the language and support multilingual learners. Landazábal’s illustrations are bright and cheerful; Reina’s expressions are especially strong.
VERDICT A solid choice for early readers, especially recommended for students in immersive or bilingual classrooms.

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