Elena's Story

By Nancy Shaw; Kristina Rodanas (Illustrator)
(Sleeping Bear Press, Hardcover, 9781585365289, 32pp.)

Publication Date: August 2012

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Elena lives near a small town in western
Guatemala. She lives there with her mother,
her younger brother, Luis, and her baby sister, Ana. Her
father is far away, working on a plantation.
Elena struggles to keep up in school. Her teacher says she
needs to practice her reading, but it's hard to find time
to read. She must help her mother with the cooking and
housework, as well as the hard work of planting and
weeding their garden.
As the big sister Elena is also in charge of watching over
Luis to keep him out of mischief. It isn't always easy and
she gets impatient with her little brother. But at the end
of the day, when Elena shares a book with Luis, carefully
sounding out the words, she comes to better understand
and appreciate her role in the family.

About the Author
Nancy Shaw and Catriona Strang first met at the collective of the Kootenay School of Writing, and their collaborative work has appeared in many magazines, most recently in Big Allis and Raddle moon. Catriona Strang's Low fancy and Nancy Shaw's Scoptocratic were both published by ECW Press in 1993; they have also published several collaborative chapbooks. Catriona Strang lives in Vancouver, and Nancy Shaw is dividing her time between Vancouver, Montreal and New York.

Kristina Rodanas has illustrated several picture books, including The Story of Blue Elk by Gerald Hausman and her own retelling of The Dragonfly's Tale, both for Clarion. She lives in Orleans, Massachusetts.
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