Playing Loteria / El Juego De La Loteria

By Rene Colato Lainez

Illustrated by Jill Arena

Playing Loteria is a library find and tells the story in English and Spanish of a boy and his grandmother. Simone and Nadia love this book and enjoy hearing the Spanish words.

The boy visits his grandmother in Mexico. There is only one problem. He knows very little Spanish, and she speaks little English.  His concern begins to disappear when he learns his grandmother runs a lotería booth, a game similar to Bingo. The boy is intrigued and wants to learn how to call the cards. His grandmother wants to teach him, as long as he teaches her English. By the time he leaves, the boy is the best caller in San Luis, and his grandmother knows more English.