"Hannah and Isabel are friends. Like Hannah, Isabel speaks both English and Spanish. Hannah thinks playing with Isabel is wonderful. But when an older girl points out that Isabel is "too old" to play with, Hannah realizes that her friend is different. Isabel is, after all, an adult. Simultaneously a sensitive treatment of the mentally challenged and a celebration of the real-life Isabel, this 2004 Skipping Stones Award-winning title is best suited for independent readers. The text flows smoothly in both English and Spanish. The unsentimental tone of the text makes this a good introduction to the subject of the mentally challenged."--Criticas
"Employing simple declarative sentences and a distinctly child's-eye view, Byrd creates a full and subtle treatment of the interaction of a mentally disabled woman and the neighbors and family members who surround her. Byrd's tale evokes not simply Isabel's circumscribed but happy life, but also the life stages of 'ordinary' children as they grow through differing attitudes toward the disabled. The illustrations are a fascinating combination of the vivid portraiture of Castro L. laid upon the cheery, Sunday-comics-style backgrounds of his son Castro H‰Û_An excellent introduction to the value of some of our society's least appreciated citizens."--Kirkus Reviews
"This is at once a sensitive treatment of the mentally challenged and a celebration of the real-life Isabel. Best suited for independent readers, the text flows smoothly in both English and in the informed Spanish translation. The unsentimental tone of the text makes this a good introduction to the subject and could serve as a discussion starter."--School Library Journal
"Based on a true story about a mentally retarded woman, this story speaks to readers about power of friendship and its abilities to overcome physical challenges and age-related differences‰Û_Creative illustrations and background depict a multi-cultural set of characters ranging in age from a baby to an old woman. This book, with text in both Spanish and English and its careful treatment of mental retardation, will help to round out any classroom or library collection."--Children's Literature
"Written by an active member of the National Association of the Mentally Ill, and brought to life with heartwarming color illustrations by Antonio Castrol L., THE TREASURE ON GOLD STREET is very highly recommended."--Midwest Book Review
"This book is rich in many kinds of community. Isabel inspires love--and her story is sure to as well. From the bilingual format to the unusual heroine to the lively illustrations, which combine cartoon and realism--this is a unique book for children, and for those who inspire them to read."--New Mexico Magazine
Lee Byrd is the author of the award-winning collection of short stories, My Sister Disappears and co-publisher of Cinco Puntos Press.
9 - 12 years; grades 4 - 6. 40 pages. 2003
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