Mamá Graciela's Secret

Mamá Graciela's Secret


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Mamá Graciela's Secret by Mayra Calvani, Sheila Fein

Mamá Gracíela’s TENDER, CRUNCHY, SPICY bacalaítos fritos are the best in town…

Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that Mamá secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, Mamá must come up with a plan to save it—and all of the animals she loves.

This book teaches compassion to animals, problem-solving and ethnicity, and a reading guide is available to help you, as parents, interact with your child and the lessons in this book. Visit the author’s website to download a copy of the reading guide: The book is also available in dyslexic font.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781365861550
Publisher: MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 36
Sales rank: 1,215,529
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 5 - 12 Years

About the Author

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards.

Her children's picture book, Frederico the Mouse Violinist was a finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards; her anthology Latina Authors and Their Muses was a First Place winner at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards; her nonfiction book, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, was a Foreword Best Book of the Year winner. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer's Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.

She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, two wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she's not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. She's represented by Sandy Fuller at Alps Art.

Born in Queens, New York and living in Los Angeles since 1987, Sheila Fein has always been inspired by the changing world around her. Earning her BA in Design from Buffalo State College of New York, her concentration was on drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Sheila's education as an artist has taken her everywhere from Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia to Bath University in England. Today, Sheila Fein runs two figurative workshops, Imaginings Sketch in LA and People Sketchers in Thousand Oaks. She has been featured in numerous collections, magazines, books, solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings reside in public and private collections. Sheila loves to make the imagination of others a reality and has done so through her commissioned Fein Fantasy Portraits and Interactive Paintings. In addition to being a fine artist Sheila works as an illustrator. She just completed the book "Mama Graciela's Secret" for Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing.

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Mamá Graciela's Secret 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Penelope_Anne_Cole More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Mayra Calvani’s latest picture book, “Mama Graciela’s Secret,” illustrated colorfully by Sheila Fein It’s a pleasing book on many levels. At first I thought the secret in the book was Mama Graciela’s special recipe for bacalaitos fritos. But soon realized the book was about another passion of Mama’s; her love for the many cats attracted to her restaurant for her famous bacalaitos fritos. Then the book became more important and personal to me. As a cat and dog lover, I was quite concerned about Mama’s many, many cats. Children will enjoy the story moving from everyday, normal life to super, exaggerated storytelling. How will Mama Graciela handle the problem of oh so many—too many—cats? The solution given in the end of the book is perfect, satisfying, and inspirational. Highly recommended for ages 5 to 7.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Mamá Graciela’s codfish fritters are the talk of the town. They attract crowds of people, but also cats. Soon Mamá Graciela has too many cats and the health inspector threatens to shut down her restaurant. What will Mamá Graciela do? Mamá Graciela is a wonderful character, as is her husband. Her compassion and dignity make her a role model for all readers, children and adult alike. The illustrations by Sheila Fein are rich and full of detail. Your kids will have fun looking at all the cats, who each have their own personality. This is a gorgeous book with a beautiful message. Suitable for children ages 3-7. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (8 January):
StoreyBookReviews More than 1 year ago
What a sweet story about a woman that loved animals so much she was willing to give up her restaurant to keep the cats around. Now you do have to set aside reality and common sense as an adult, but children will love this book especially if they are animal lovers. The story tells of how one woman put the needs of the cats she adored ahead of her restaurant when push came to shove. I think it also might teach them some character skills. The graphics depict the story well, are very colorful and will hold a child's attention while reading this story.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
It’s nice to read a children’s book with letters accented so neatly, giving depth to the narrator’s voice. Mamá Graciela has a restaurant called La Bahía, and already I need to learn how to pronounce the words. Meanwhile I learn of delicious bacalaítos fritos and I want to taste them! Sheila Fein’s illustrations in this book and bright and warm, perfectly complementing the Mayra Calvani’s warm, inviting story. And it’s not just a story about food. There are cats “like my children, the ones I never had.” And such wonderful cats… and so many cats! I love how this story moves from normal to wild and wonderful. I love how the illustrations are so satisfyingly filled with character. I imagine a small child playing spot the striped brown kitten. But trouble looms… and I love that this is a children’s book with a real story, with beginning, middle and end. Disclosure: I was given an ecopy and I offer my honest review.