Three Pockets Full: A story of love, family, and tradition (Hardcover)

Three Pockets Full: A story of love, family, and tradition By Cindy L. Rodriguez, Begona Fernandez Corbalan (Illustrator) Cover Image
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Beto won't wear a guayabera to the wedding. Nope! Nunca! Not going to happen! Beto tries his best to rid himself of the traditional Mexican wedding shirt his Mami gave him. He even gets help from his dog Lupe, but the shirt ends up back on his bed each time with notes from Mami, who becomes increasingly frustrated with Beto. Mami insists that Beto attend the wedding, and wear the shirt, because—after all—it's her wedding! Beto has to accept the fact that Mami is getting remarried and that she wants him to wear the shirt, which is part of his heritage.

This book comes with a free Reader’s Guide for children. The guide is available for free download from the publisher website. Lesson plans, activities, and discussion questions to allow parents, teachers, and caregivers to explore the topic further and deepen comprehension.

About the Author

Cindy L. Rodriguez is the author of the YA novel When Reason Breaks and has contributed to the anthology Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. She has also written the text for three Jake Maddox books: Volleyball Ace, Drill Team Determination, and Gymnastics Payback. Before becoming a teacher in 2000, she was an award-winning reporter for The Hartford Courant and researcher for The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team. She is a founder of Latinxs in Kid Lit, a blog that celebrates children’s literature by/for/about Latinxs. Cindy is currently a middle school reading specialist in Connecticut, where she lives with her family. This is her debut picture book. You can learn more at

Praise For…

"Latinx author Rodriguez’s debut picture book is a wonderful story about the challenges associated with change, family, and feelings. The bold, digital illustrations incorporate both humor and tenderness into this interesting look at a cultural tradition." —Rosie Camargo, Booklist Online

"Three Pockets Full touched my heart in a way I wasn’t expecting when I started reading it. It’s a book about family, but it’s also about grief. Cindy L. Rodriguez has written a children’s book full of beautiful art that encourages interaction between children and the people with whom they read it, whether that be parents, grandparents, or other trusted people. I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to others!" —Rylanne Burdette, Readers' Favorite

"Three Pockets Full shows the power of traditions. Readers will love learning about the guayabera shirt and how it allows Beto to embrace his past while stepping into a new future with his mother and David. Three Pockets Full will leave young and old hearts alike full of wonder and appreciation." —The Winged Pen

Product Details
ISBN: 9781735345154
ISBN-10: 1735345156
Publisher: Cardinal Rule Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English