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Maria the Matador

Anne Lambelet, Anne Lambelet (Illustrator)


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Maria loves tea parties and dancing and wearing her hair in pigtails, but more than anything in the world…Maria loves churros.

She’ll do anything to get her hands on more of them, even enter a bullfight. To win, she must outsmart the other matadors who don’t think she’s big enough, fast enough, or strong enough. With determination and creativity, spunky Maria will dance her way to victory—and into readers’ hearts.

Complemented by distinct, expressive illustrations, this charming story shows that you don’t have to fight to win, and you might even end up with more than you were hoping for.

Praise For Maria the Matador

"In a lovely double-page spread, the animal and Maria, fan in hand, show off their graceful moves… Memories of another famous bull, Ferdinand, come to mind as beauty bests fighting." - Kirkus Reviews

A tenacious and inspirational young protagonist...Readers will root for Maria and feel inspired to think of creative ways to tackle everyday obstacles in their lives. An awesome read-aloud choice." - School Library Journal

…An object lesson in both thinking outside the box and in relying on determination over brute strength...Repeated, rhythmic phrasing and emphasis augmented by creative typography give the story about a girl who feels free to change the rules some readaloud punch." - Publishers Weekly

"A beautiful story about courage and kindness that would be perfect alongside Munro Leaf's classic The Story of Ferdinand." - Booklist

"…The delicacy with which bull and matador stretch, arc, and vogue through their performance will set picture-book viewers swaying in their seats. Pass around the capes, and ¡Baila!" - BCCB

Page Street Kids, 9781624146565, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 2019

About the Author

Anne Lambelet is a strong believer in solving issues with pacifism and dessert foods. She received her illustration degree from the University of the Arts,where she was awarded the Roger T. Hane award for the top senior illustration portfolio. The first picture book she illustrated, Get to Know Your Parks / Conozca sus Parques, was an educational introduction to the National Park Services, and she has also done several middle-grade fiction covers. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband, dog, and cat.