Three Pockets Full

A story of love, family, and tradition

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. Lesson plans, activities and discussion questions to allow parents, teachers and caregivers to explore the topic further and deepen comprehension.

Details & Purchasing

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  • Release Date Spring 2022
  • 32 pages • 9x11 • Ages 4 to 10
  • Hardcover Picture Book, Picture Book
  • ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-7353451-5-4
  • Lexile Leveling: 550L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Level: M

Book Reviews

Rylanne Burdette for Readers' Favorite

"Three Pockets Full touched my heart in a way I wasn’t expecting. It’s a book about family, but it’s also about grief. While his mother misses Beto's father too, she has found a new man to marry, who she loves dearly as well. This doesn’t mean that Beto’s father is going to be replaced though, and this understanding plays a big part in finally convincing him to wear the shirt. I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to others!"

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