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No Dogs Allowed! by Sonia Manzano
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No Dogs Allowed!

by Sonia Manzano

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This was a book we got out of the library for my toddler. It is apparently a semi-autobiographical award-winning story by Sonia Manzano (who plays 'Maria' in Sesame Street) and has been turned into a musical.

The story, narrated by seven year old Iris, is about an event that happened a long time ago when she was six, and her family decided to go for a picnic to the Enchanted State Park lake. Somehow, this turns into an expedition for the whole community, for which everyone packs just about everything. They all set off, have adventures along the way, and finally reach the lake - where they get a rude shock, and have to find a solution.

The characters are vivid and true to life, especially for a short children's story (don't we all have mums who pack enough food for a week when we're only going for a day trip?), and have wonderful nicknames - such as her sister, Shorty the Fortune-teller, who can tell the future by rolling her eyes (with typical tween-age exasperation) and El Exigente (the demanding / exacting one) the dog, who is very good at sleeping. The book is beautifully illustrated (pen and watercolour), conveying the sense of the bustling multicultural Bronx neighbourhood. There's a great sense of warmth and community spirit in this gentle tale of a girl and her dog and the wonderful day that everyone has. ( )
  humouress | Apr 25, 2012 |
"No Dogs Allowed" was written by the voice of Maria from Sesame Street. The book is about a little girl, Iris, and her family who decide to take a day trip to the Enchanted Lake. Iris insists on bringing her dog El Exigente although her Fortune Teller sister Shorty tells her that it is a bad idea because he causes nothing but problems. The rest of the book records their adventure and mishaps on their trip. It is a fun book to read to all ages. It is important to include books involving all cultures and this is one that can be used to incorporate Hispanic Literature in to the classroom.
  eastahlhut | Feb 6, 2010 |
Cute story about a little girl, her family and her neighbors, who decide to take a trip to a state park. ( )
  mrsarey | Mar 13, 2008 |
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Five year old Edward thinks he's a dog and his older brother is not too pleased.

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When Iris, her family, and the neighbors take a trip to Enchanted Lake, everyone brings what they think is needed, but the family dog turns out to present a problem.

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