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Pacho Nacho, based on an old Japanese folktale has been modified by author Silvia Lopez to better reflect the language and people we are more accustomed to here in the United States. In the story, the main character is given a string of names (the author uses Spanish nicknames) and the family admonishes everyone to use every single name when addressing Pacho Nacho. Naturally, one day, in a rush situation, the name gets in the way. Kids love silly stories, and this is one in which the practical solution is arrived at after a few laughs.
This is an enjoyable story that is adapted from another that I remember. In this version, it is done with Latin culture in a hilarious re-creation. The story as mentioned in other reviews, involves the two brothers - one with a very long name, Pacho Nacho..., and the other with the much shorter name of Juan. They have their adventure on the river, and it goes wrong. Then, as the tension of the plot builds, the character Juan's tension builds as he tries to get someone to help his brother, but is forced to say the entire long name for anyone to listen. It works perfectly in the build up that carries the story successfully. In addition, the illustrations are top rate and bring the story to life.
And the best review point that I can provide is that my grand-nephew loved the story, and has taken on the new challenge of trying to pronounce Pacho Nacho's entire name. He's having fun with it.
Adorable story! This is a fun book for kids who enjoy saying Pacho Nacho’s full beautiful long name. We first read it in the library but had to buy for our own after having so much fun with it. Highly recommend.
Loved the story and the history of the story. I also loved the Spanish translation dictionary at the end. I know I will be reading that story over and over again to my granddaughter. She is only 4 months old! I know she is young but I believe in reading regularly to children and this one has that repetition of words like some other stories do and it appeals to children.