Welcome to My Neighborhood!

Welcome to My Neighborhood!

A Barrio ABC

By Quiara Alegria Hudes; Shino Arihara (Illustrator)

Arthur A. Levine Books, Hardcover, 9780545094245, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 2010


An ABC introduction to a little girl's neighborhood in all its rich detail.

M is for las muralistas, making murals of island vistas. Waterfalls that hide brick walls. Rainforest full of tropical trees.
N is for the noisy neighbors who sit on the stoop and catch the breeze.

When Ava's friend Chien visits her in the Barrio, she takes him on a tour of all of her favorite things about the neighborhood. From fire hydrants to ice cream trucks, bodegas to vacant lots, the sights and sounds of the Barrio -- even the less perfect things -- come to life in the poetic words of Quiara Hudes, author of the Tony Award-winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS.

About the Author

SHINO ARIHARA is a full-time illustrator who was born in the United States and grew up in Japan. She felt an immediate connection to Arn Chorn-Pond's story because a close friend, and fellow artist, went through a similar experience when he lived in Cambodia. "I wanted to do this book for him," says Arihara. She lives with her husband, a musician, in Redwood City, California.

Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010

Playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes has gone back to the basics -- the very basics of the ABCs. Her latest project -- a children's book called Welcome To My Neighborhood! A Barrio ABC -- follows a young girl who takes her best friend on an alphabetical tour through her North Philadelphia neighborhood. More at NPR.org

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