Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062748683
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 87,602
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Anika Aldamuy Denise, is the celebrated author of many picture books, including Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré; Starring Carmen!; Lights, Camera, Carmen!; and Monster Trucks. A tradition she began with her oldest daughter—of leaving short poems and love notes for each other to find—inspired her book The Love Letter. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband, three children, and a very lovey kitty named Charlie. Visit Anika online at

Paola Escobar, the illustrator of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, grew up traveling from town to town in Colombia. From a very young age she liked to draw the stories her grandmother Clara told about her ancestors, the countryside, and animals. Today, Paola is an illustrator who is passionate about telling stories of her own, having published with SM Spain, Planeta, Norma, and more. She lives very happily in Bogotá, Colombia, with her husband and their dog, Flora.

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Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sandy5 26 days ago
After reading this children’s story and the author’s note on the back two pages, I got chills. This story is fantastic and I am so glad that I picked it up. It tells the true story of a woman who shared stories from her childhood which changed the lives of many. As I read this story, I thought of how she stepped forward and went about making a difference. This woman was not a loud, strong woman. This woman saw a void and wanted to fill it. The year is 1921 and Pura Teresa leaves San Juan to visit her sister in the U.S. Seeing what the U.S. had to offer, Pura finds a job and begins to settle in. When the library posts a job for a bilingual assistant, Pura knows that she is the perfect individual for the job. Realizing there are no Puerto Rico folktales on the library shelves, Puro recalls the stories that she heard growing up. As the children gather around her during story hour, Puro doesn’t need any book to read from. Puro’s words are enough that the children are soon whisked away into Puro’s world and imagination. It isn’t long before Puro begins to create puppets to add to her stories and then, the word gets out about Puro and her stories and there is no stopping what happens to these wonderful tales. This children’s book put a smile on my face and it warmed my heart as I read about her journey through life, sharing her stories. I hoped her journey would never end as she was such a positive individual. This book gives the full account of her life and it truly is a wonderful story. Make sure you read the author’s note which is located in the back of the book. Located also in the back of the book are a few pages on additional resources you could use for more information on topics contained in the story.
Jenna Grodzicki 28 days ago
As a children's author and librarian, I've long been fascinated by the life of Pura Belpré. Her contributions to the world of children's literature and the lives of so many children who had never before seen themselves in stories are quite remarkable. Anika Denise brings Pura's story to life with her beautiful prose, and Paola Escobar's gorgeous illustrations complement the text perfectly. This is a book that all children will enjoy. It is a must have for classrooms and libraries everywhere.