For Maria Isabel Salazar Lopez, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. "We already have two Marias in this class," says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?" But Maria Isabel has been named for her Papa's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother. Can she find a way to make her teacher see that if she loses her name, she's lost the most important part of herself?
Relates, in Spanish and English, a telephone conversation in which young Estrellita, who has recently moved to Brooklyn, New York, tells her grandmother, who still lives in Puerto Rico, all about her adventures in and near Manhattan.
"Chee-ree, chee'ree, chee-re! The birds tweet their morning songs," so begins this celebration of a young boy's parents, whom he calls heroes of the harvest. The rhythmic verse follows them from the early morning chirping birds through the late afternoon whistle blowing in the fields where they work to when they come home and wrap their adoring son in their arms. Complemented by sun-drenched illustrations in vibrant fall colors, this bilingual picture book rings with a sonorous ode to a young boy's parents. This is a celebration of both the harvest season and the strong bonds of a close-knit family.
During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood's first Three Kings' Day fiesta.
Las Navidades are coming. The house smells of cinnamon and coconut, music fills the air, and best of all, the Three Magi will soon bring presents to all the children. Little Esmeralda hopes they will bring her a baby doll. But instead, she receives something far more precious: she experiences firsthand the magic of giving and the power of her family's love for her.
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Now, selected titles from the best reference set on the United States are also available in Spanish-language editions. The ten Biblioteca de los estados volumes are complete translations of all the text, maps, charts, graphs, fact boxes, time lines, and more from the original English editions. These volumes are ideal for students who are still developing their English-language skills, who are looking for a book to share with Spanish-speaking adults at home, or even looking for a book to help them learn Spanish.
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With two multi-platinum solo-albums, sold-out concerts and success in live theatre, television and film, Ricky Martin is today's hottest Latin pop sensation! Now, with the publication of Ricky Martin: A Scrapbook in Words and Pictures adoring fans will get an inside look at this talented performer's rise to international pop fame. Includes over thirty full-color photos!
Flaky Juan Bobo carries water in a basket, tries to dress a pig for church, tries to follow Mama's advice on table manners and goes home hungry, and "sells" syrup mistakenly to flies. Decorative illustrations are rich in texture and color.
Once upon a time, a lion and a lioness lived in a forest at the edge of a field. They think they are better than all their neighbors, even though the other animals; horses, burros, cats, cows and even a goat aren't starving like the lions. But the lion has a brilliant idea to end the rumbling in their stomachs: they will invite all their neighbors to a grand fiesta full of music and dancing. And while everyone is dancing, they'll lure the goat away and push him into a cauldron of boiling water. But the arrogant lion's plan goes wildly awry when the goat's suspicious friends help him escape!
In this joyful creation myth, Jaffe's syncopated prose draws the reader to the island of Puerto Rico, before the Spaniards arrived. The island was inhabited by the Tainos, and they called their beloved island Boriquen. This is their story of how Boriquen came to be.