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The Storyteller's Candle: La Velita de Los Cuentos based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
What a wonderful book! The delightful duet of author Lucia Gonzalez and illustrator Lulu Delacre presents us with a story of Pura Belpre, the namesake of the Pura Belpre Medal for children's books that best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino culture. During the years of the depression, families from Puerto Rico journeyed to New York to live a better financial life; however, this left many Latino children with a lack of a connection to their culture. Being the first Latina librarian in New York, Ms. Belpre brought the warmth of Puerto Rico to the homesick children of El Barrio with her great talent of storytelling during the cold of winter. Together, Gonzalez and Delacre tell us of how one woman influenced and introduced an entire neighborhood of children to the wonders of the public library which offered books in Spanish. It is no wonder why Lucia Gonzalez and Lulu Delacre won the prestigious honor of the Pura Belpre Medal. The book is written in both English and Spanish with a glossary of Spanish terms for Anglo children (Anglo women as well: me). Delacre's beautiful and unique illustrations are works of a masterpiece! I really want this book for my future classroom. I highly recommend this work to everyone. Please read it!
Beautiful writing and captivating illustrations bring the library's warmth to readers while injecting the scenes with a flavor of the era. Gonzalez's prose conveys the closeness and cultural pride of immigrants longing for their old lives as they learn to embrace the new. This is a special book that I recommend for the holidays as well as for any other time of the year. Great historical fiction for lower elementary grades.