Friendship knows no boundaries.


Alisa is a young Honduran girl who spends lots of times at the medical clinic where her sister works. Karen doesn't want Alisa getting in the way, so she stays by herself - which can get pretty lonely. Each day for four days, a cat wanders onto the clinic grounds and then leaves; but it is slowly warming up to Alisa. Then the cat stays! Alisa names him Cinco because they became friends on the fifth day. 

Alisa and Cinco talk with Marcos, a boy from her school. Marcos needs glasses and Karen's US friends have a pair that can help Marcos see better. Now that he can see he is more comfortable playing, and Alisa has a new friend. 

Parent Perspective:
This is a nice story, but not what I expected. If you are reading with ESL learners, you will most definitely appreciate the parallel text on each page. When I read the blurb, it said that Alisa and Cinco "make more friends along the way," but the only person from the clinic that she connects with is Marcos. When I finished, I felt like I was missing some information about why Alisa supposedly was making wishes to have a friend, supposedly because she had none.


Kids will enjoy the illustrations - especially the images of Cinco! The text is simple with lots of white space, with English and Spanish presented together. 


The story seems like it is missing some context that would better connect the reader to the events.

Type of Book:
This is a bilingual picture book set in Honduras.
Educational Themes:

Although it isn't related directly to the story, there is information about Honduras at the back of the book.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow if you need a bilingual book for cat lovers. Otherwise, skip.

Title Cinco the Clinic Cat / Cinco, el gato de la clinica
Author Carol Brickell
Publisher Brown Books Publishing Group © 2010
Illustrators Jim Hastings
ISBN 9781934812853
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Spanish, Animal Character, Foreign Language
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