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Jorgito lives in San Francisco's Mission District, but has not forgotten his native El Salvador. His memories of the volcanoes, his grandmother's stories, and the cornmeal "pupusas" form a patchwork of dreams that becomes a movie in his pillow.
A father comforts his son at bedtime by singing the turtledove song his own mother once sang to him, in hopes that the child will awake refreshed and secure in the knowledge that he is loved.
Margarito's Forest, a bilingual book in English and Spanish with excerpts in K'iche, is based on the life of Don Margarito Esteban Álvarez Velázquez as told by his daughter, Doña María Guadalupe. It is a story of Maya culture and wisdom passed from one generation to the next. As the devastating effects of climate change become clear, Don Margarito's life and the ways of the Maya offer timely wisdom for a planet in peril.
Relates, in Spanish and English, a telephone conversation in which young Estrellita, who has recently moved to Brooklyn, New York, tells her grandmother, who still lives in Puerto Rico, all about her adventures in and near Manhattan.
Baking is always a treat, particularly when you throw family and fun into the mix. In this whimsical look at the making of empanadas, popular children’s author Gonzales Bertrand serves up the festive fun of a family’s effort to concoct the delicious pastries. With an easy empanada recipe included in the book, this will be a literary delicacy for the whole family and will give many readers their first taste of a celebrated Latino tradition. --publisher
While her mother cleans a grand house a young girl meets the homeowner who, recalling her own family's immigration, gives her a charm bracelet and promises that she, too, can have a charmed life.
Young Rene's teacher is calling role one morning, and Rene is dismayed to hear someone else answer to his name. It's not only that he thought he was the only person with that name, but also that the new student who answers is a girl. That afternoon his classmates tease, "Rene has a girl's name." Complimented by playful illustrations, this bilingual picture book follows Colato Lainez's own experiences, when he was faced with a challenge to his own name as a child. This witty story about a young boy's odyssey to find out the meaning of his name will challenge readers aged 3 to 7 to chart cross-cultural differences by gaining an understanding about themselves and the people around them. --From the Publisher
As Estrellita leaves her beloved Caribbean island home, she combines all of its features into an ode celebrating its green and eternal beauty.
Just as Joaquin and his mother are about to enjoy their pan de muerto on the Day of the Dead, a skeleton arrives offering to play music in exchange for one tiny bite.
When a young boy and his mother come to the United States from El Salvador, leaving his father behind, the boy misses his father very much and wants to do something special to show him how much he cares.