The Storyteller's Candle / La Velita de Los Cuentos (Paperback)
Children's Book Press (CA), 9780892392377, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2013
The winter of 1929 feels especially cold to cousins Hildamar and Santiago--they arrived in New York City from sunny Puerto Rico only months before. Their island home feels very far away indeed, especially with Three Kings' Day rapidly approaching. But then a magical thing happened. A visitor appears in their class, a gifted storyteller and librarian by the name of Pura Belpr . She opens the children's eyes to the public library and its potential to be the living, breathing heart of the community. The library, after all, belongs to everyone--whether you speak Spanish, English, or both. The award-winning team of Luc a Gonz lez and Lulu Delacre have crafted an homage to Pura Belpr , New York City's first Latina librarian. Through her vision and dedication, the warmth of Puerto Rico came to the island of Manhattan in a most unexpected way.
Praise For The Storyteller's Candle / La Velita de Los Cuentos…
"Sepia tones evoke the time period and the setting. A lovely offering about the role of librarians in the lives of children." - School Library Journal
"[T]his warmhearted Spanish/English bilingual story adopts the perspective of two children who are inspired by Belpré to enter a library for the very first time. . . ." - Publishers Weekly