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A Bailar! / Let's Dance!
By Judith Ortiz Cofer. Pinata Books. $16.95.
Judith Ortiz Cofer's newest bilingual children's book is published by Pinata Books, an imprint of Arte Publico Press from the University of Houston.
The premise seemed inviting at first but as the story went on I grew tired of the caricaturized illustrations.
I also expected the text to be fully bilingual and it was not. Spanish phrases were thrown into the text but the story itself was not translated into Spanish. []

Alicia's Fruity Drinks / Las Aguas Frescas De Alicia
By Laura Lacamara, Lupe Ruiz-Flores. Pinata Books. $19.95.
A brief bilingual picture book about the value of drinking fruit drinks, aguas frescas, instead of soda. When Alicia's soccer team member develops diabetes,
Alicia's mother decides to make natural fruit drinks to serve the girls instead of sodas. Everyone loves the new drinks which the team decides to call 'Alicia's Fruity Drinks'. []

Apricot Year, An
By Martha Egan. Papalote Press. 285 pp. $25.95.
When Luli, at the beginning of a month to do nothing but paint in Santa Fe, is told by her daughter of her abusive husbandís affair with a bimbo back in Green Bay, it seems like the end. In truth it is the beginning. Eganís cast of wonderfully off-beat men and women show us, in their lives, how to learn from each other and how community can let us survive the tragedies that life sometimes throws our way. Santa Feans, I believe, will likely see people they know in the characters Egan creates and connects. []
An apricot year comes infrequently to Santa Fe but when it does the crop is perfect. Luli is gifted a painting trip to Santa Fe from Green Bay by her abusive husband, who she learns, is having an affair. Meanwhile Luli meets interesting neighbors, learns to support herself, gains self-confidence, and through unlikely circumstances, meets another man. Although the plot may seem trite, the book is well written, the characters original, fully developed and believable, subplots creatively explored, and best of all, itís almost like being in Santa Fe. []

Arizona Ambush
By J.A. Johnstone, William W. Johnstone. Pinnacle Books. 318 pp. $6.99.
When Matt Bodine is wounded in an ambush in the Four Corners area, probably Arizona, his blood brother Sam Two Wolves gets him settled with Navajos then sets out for revenge. This page-turner is at least the twelfth mass-market paperback western by the Johnstone team; they must be doing something right. []

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