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Full–Color • 9 x 11 • 32 pages
Jacketed Hardcover or Paperback;
English-only, Spanish-only and Embedded Bilingual
Grade Level 1/2; F&P: J
Written by J. D. Smith
Illustrated by Dani Jones
  • Raventree Press

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Everyone in Gustavo’s family is in a mariachi band. Everyone except Gustavo, that is. They all play violínes, trompetas and guitarrones. Gustavo would love to join the band, but he can’t play any of the instruments. The story is presented in English with only the concept words in Spanish, in this case the words that pertain to mariachi music and clothing particular to the mariachi musicians.

This title is available in English–only, Spanish–only or embedded (English with Spanish sprinkled throughout) editions.

Educated at American University, the University of Chicago, the University of Houston and Carelton University, J.D. Smith is adept at writing in various genres. He has published fiction, essays, op-eds and reviews in a wide variety of publications in the United states, Canada, and Great Britain. He lives near Washington's Southwest Waterfront with his wife Paula and Roo the Rescue Dog in Washington D.C.

Dani Jones, a triplet, was born in Seoul, South Korea. She and Her sisters, Nicole and Shannon, were adopted and brought to the U.S. when they were six months old. Dani's family moved all over the United States throughout her childhood, living in 15 different houses in six states. Her favorite place in the world is wherever her family happens to be. Dani Jones lives in Keene, New Hampshire.

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