Chavela and the Magic Bubble

By Monica Brown; Magaly Morales (Illustrator)
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547241975, 32pp.)

Publication Date: May 2010

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Chavela loves chomping "chicle"--chewing gum. And she loves blowing bubbles even more. One day, while out with her "abuelita, "she finds a mysterious kind of gum she's never seen before. She pops it in her mouth and blows a giant bubble that lifts her up into the air and carries her on a magical journey.

Luscious, candy-colored paintings illustrate this fantastical story with an ecological twist. An afterword provides information on natural chewing gum, the rainforest, and sustainable farming, as well as music to a traditional Latin American folksong.

About the Author
Monica Brown is the award-winning author of magical, multicultural books for children, including My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising, 2004) and My Name is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral/Me llamo Gabriela: La vida de Gabriela Mistral (Luna Rising, 2005). My Name is Celia won the Americas Award for Children's Literature and was named a Pura Belpre Honor Book. When she is not writing, she teaches Latino/a literature at Northern Arizona University.

Magaly Morales's first book for Clarion was "A Pinata in a Pine Tree "by Pat Mora (Fall 2009). She also is the illustrator of "What Can You Do with a Paleta?, " and issister to the acclaimed artist Yuyi Morales. She lives in Mexico.
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