The Rainbow Tulip (Hardcover)

By Pat Mora, Elizabeth Sayles (Illustrator)

Viking Juvenile, 9780670872916, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 1999



My mother and father came to this country from Mexico. They don't speak English. At home I'm Estelita. At school my name is Stella.

Stella knows her Mexican heritage sets her apart from the rest of the children. For the school's May parade, she wants her tulip costume to be all the colors of the rainbow. She won't look like the other children in the class, but sometimes being different is exciting.

Pat Mora's warm prose shines in this moving story of a young Mexican-American girl finding her place in the world. Accompanied by Elizabeth Sayles's evocative paintings, this heartening story celebrates diversity -- in all its myriad colors.

"My mother was the real rainbow tulip in our hometown of El Paso, Texas. What an exuberant child she was!" says Pat Mora. "My mother and I both love books and we love to laugh together". The author of children's books, poetry and nonfiction, Pat speaks often at conferences and college campuses. She has received numerous awards, including four Southwest book awards and a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship. She also works with national organizations to have April 30 designated as Dia de los Ninos: Dia de los Libros, a celebration of bilingual literacy.

Pat has three grown children. She and her husband, an archaeologist, divide their time between the Cincinnati area and the Southwest.