Clara and the Curandera / Clara y la Curandera by Monica Brown, Thelma Muraida, Gabriela Baeza Ventura |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Clara and the Curandera / Clara y la Curandera

Clara and the Curandera / Clara y la Curandera

by Monica Brown, Thelma Muraida, Gabriela Baeza Ventura
     
 
�Once there was a little girl named Clara, who was grumpy." She was grumpy about having to take out the trash, having to share her toys with her seven brothers and sisters, and having to read one book a week for school.

And Mami is tired of Clara's grumpy face, so she sends her daughter to the curandera�or healer�to ask for help. The curandera gives Clara a

Overview

�Once there was a little girl named Clara, who was grumpy." She was grumpy about having to take out the trash, having to share her toys with her seven brothers and sisters, and having to read one book a week for school.

And Mami is tired of Clara's grumpy face, so she sends her daughter to the curandera�or healer�to ask for help. The curandera gives Clara a list of things to do in the coming week: take out her own trash and the neighbors' as well; give all of her favorite toys to her brothers and sisters; and read five books instead of one!

It's a difficult, busy week for Clara. But, her neighbors are grateful for her help, and give her hugs. Her siblings are so happy that they are extra nice to her and invite her to play with them. Her mother takes her to the library to check out books and she reads lots of interesting things. When the week is over, Clara realizes that she has not had time to feel grumpy. Could it be that helping others makes her feel � happy?

In this winning bilingual picture book written by award-winning author Monica Brown and vividly illustrated by Thelma Muraida, children ages 4 � 8 will cheer for Clara as she learns to focus on others rather than herself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this bilingual story, Clara is grumpy about her schoolwork, chores, and sharing toys with her siblings. Her mother sends her to a “curandera,” who instructs her to take out the neighbor’s trash, read five books for school instead of one, and give her toys to her brothers and sisters. Clara finds that her frown soon disappears. Muraida depicts Clara’s transformation with rich, celebratory pinks and blues, though her characters’ faces can feel wooden. Ages 4�8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Clara has a bad temper. She is irritated by the chores she's expected to do, having to share with her siblings, and the amount of schoolwork she faces. Her mom decides to send her to a very wise curandera for help. The healer prescribes an unusual treatment; she wants Clara to help her neighbors with their trash, give her toys to her siblings, and read five books instead of one. The girl dutifully does all these deeds and discovers that her neighbors are grateful, her siblings are nicer, and reading is in fact interesting. She learns an important lesson about sharing and feels good about helping others. The pictures are vivid, expressive, and warm. A charming read-aloud.—Liliana Patricia Rocha, Teton County Library, Jackson Hole, WY
Kirkus Reviews

In Brown's latest bilingual offering, a grumpy little Latina girl gets a subtle lesson in caring, sharing and the pleasures of reading.

Clara is tired of taking out the trash, sharing her things with her seven siblings and reading a book for school each week. Exasperated by her daughter's grumpiness, Mami sends the girl to the wise curandera (healer) in their building. The curandera tells Clara that she must take out her family's trash, along with the trash of two of her neighbors. She must also give her favorite toys to her siblings, and she must read five books that week. Unwilling to disobey, Clara follows the woman's orders, and readers will see the changes Clara misses. Her neighbors shower her with hugs and compliments for taking out their trash. Her brothers and sisters, amazed at their sister's generosity, invite Clara to play all week. At the library, she discovers books that she really wants to read. In fact, she stops frowning. When the curandera's assigned tasks end and Clara returns to her grumpy old self, she has just the epiphany the curandera knew she would. Well-translated Spanish text is set below the English text through most of the book, with Muriada's colorful mixed-media illustrations on the facing pages.

A charming tale almost any child (and parent) can relate to. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558857001
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
10/28/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,137,563
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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