Who ever heard of a girl glassblower? In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called Elena wants to blow into a long pipe...and make bottles appear, like magic. But girls can't be glassblowers. Or can they?
Join Elena as she dresses as a boy for a fantastic journey to Monterrey — home of the great glassblowers! — in an enchanting story filled with magic realism that celebrates the people who refuse to give up on their passions, no matter who tells them no.
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"Along the way [Elena] meets a burro, a roadrunner, and a coyote, helping each of them accomplish their goals as she blows tunes through her father's cast-off glassblowing pipe. Arriving in Monterrey, our little "muchacho" is mocked at first, but soon silences her detractors (who continue to think she's a boy) when she creates beautiful glass stars through her pipe. If only her Papa could see what she can do! Perhaps if she blows a giant bird (golondrina), she can fly home. A lovely story penned by Campbell Geeslin, with lyrical acrylic and crayon art by the illustrator of Jonah Winter's Frida, Ana Juan." — Emilie Coulter, Amazon.com Reviews
|Recommended Age||3 - 8|
|Publication Date||Feb 24, 2004|
|Publisher||Atheneum Books for Young Readers|