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The Cot in the Living Room

Night after night, a young girl watches her mami set up a cot in the living room for guests in their Washington Heights apartment, like Raquel (who's boring) and Edgardo (who gets crumbs everywhere). She resents that they get the entire living room with a view of the George Washington Bridge, while all she gets is a tiny bedroom with a view of her sister (who snores). Until one night when no one comes, and it's finally her chance! But as it turns out, sleeping on the cot in the living room isn't all she thought it would be.

A young Dominican American girl in New York City moves from jealousy to empathy as her parents babysit children whose families work overnight shifts in this honest and warm picture book debut. With charming text by Hilda Eunice Burgos and whimsical illustrations by Gaby D'Alessandro, this book shows young readers that sometimes the best way to be a better neighbor is by imagining how it feels to spend a night sleeping on someone else's pillow.

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"In this story about a tight-knit urban community by Burgos (Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle), parents with small children and tough schedules know they can depend on their neighbors for help. The girl’s parents show flexibility, patience, and true sweetness when their young guests worry. And the girl’s feelings are portrayed realistically as she learns to share her parents, her space — and her friendship." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Hilda Eunice Burgos
Illustrator Gaby D'Alessandro
ISBN 0593110471
Publication Date Jun 1, 2021
Publisher Kokila
Language English