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.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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. 

Content Awareness Factors:

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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