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Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

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When she came to America in 1921, Pura Belpré carried the cuentos folklóricos of her Puerto Rican homeland. Finding a new home at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she turned her popular retellings into libros and spread story seeds across the land. Today, these seeds have grown into a lush landscape as generations of children and storytellers continue to share her tales and celebrate Pura's legacy.

Brought to colorful life by Paola Escobar's elegant and exuberant illustrations and Anika Aldamuy Denise's lyrical text, this gorgeous book is perfect for the pioneers in your life.

For a Spanish-language edition of this book, check out Sembrando historias: Pura Belpré: bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos,.

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"Denise sprinkles her lyrical verse with Spanish, and emphasizes Belpré's love of stories, plucking the title of the book from her desire 'to be like Johnny Appleseed... plant my story seeds across the land.' Escobar's warm illustrations enliven the subject and carry the motif by depicting Belpré in impeccably stylish outfits and accessories detailed with floral patterns. Because of the composition style, readers are given only brief depictions of significant moments in Belpré's personal and professional life, but Denise provides a detailed author's note, summarizing Belpré's lasting impact, and includes a great amount of back matter. An appealing tribute and successful remedy to the lack of titles about the groundbreaking librarian." — Jessica Agudelo, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Anika Aldamuy Denise
Illustrator Paola Escobar
ISBN 0062748688
Publication Date Jan 15, 2019
Publisher HarperCollins
Language English