Archive for July, 2020

Waiting for Fiestas/Esperando las Fiestas

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

An invitation to open the windows of the imagination to recapture a sense of freedom through twenty-six poems celebrating the joys of holidays and gatherings: birthdays and family picnics, Halloween and Hanukah, Fourth of July and Cinco de Mayo, Las Posadas and Lunar New Year. Illustrated by images of the author;s art collection, from folk-art pieces gathered during their far-reaching travels, to paintings from well-known artists, most of them friends of the authors. This graphic presentation creates a parallel subtext to convey cultural connections and solidarity among people from across the World.Descriptions of the origin and significance of Latino holidays is also included.

Abuelita’s Secret (Read-Aloud Adventures)

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

Gabriel is worried about his first day at a new school. Can his family help him overcome his fear?

Abuelita’s Secret

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

A boy is living with his abuelita while his father is away. He dreads going to a new school on the first day because he has nothing special to share about himself. Each family member offers him an object, like a seashell, that represents a memory from the summer. The boy doesn’t think any of these is interesting. But his abuelita whispers a secret in his ear. Whenever it’s his turn to talk, all he needs to do is open his backpack. When the moment arrives, he dumps the backpack’s contents onto the table. As his classmates pick up the objects, he retells the stories they represent. Suddenly, he is surprised that he has much to say. And when he returns home, his abuelita has an even bigger surprise.

La fascinate historia de la lengua española

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

La fascinante historia de la lengua española takes the reader in a journey back in time to the origins of the Spanish language. The rise of Rome, Greek civilization, Visigoth invasion, Arab conquest, Spanish exploration, Amerindian wealth, and other new horizons have contributed to the rich, diverse, and fascinating history that makes the Spanish language, which has enriched Hispanic culture and the people who speak it.