|Planting stories : the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpre|
Author: Denise, Anika
Celebrate the power of storytelling in this picture book biography of Pura Belpre, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 198342
Kirkus Reviews (11/01/18)
School Library Journal (+) (12/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/18)
The Hornbook (00/01/19)
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School Library Journal - 12/01/2018 K-Gr 3—A picture book biography of one of the most significant and inspiring figures in library history. Pura Belpré, the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York City, initially arrived in Manhattan to attend her sister's wedding. Intrigued perhaps by the "hustle and bustle" of this "new island," she decided to stay, finding temporary work as a seamstress. Belpré truly found her calling when she took a position as a bilingual assistant (the text notes that was she was, in fact, trilingual) at a neighborhood library, and went on to transform library services through culturally diverse storytelling, published books, and targeted outreach. 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. VERDICT An appealing tribute and successful remedy to the lack of titles about the groundbreaking librarian. This book pairs nicely with Lucia Gonzalez's The Storyteller's Candle, and is a must-have for all libraries.—Jessica Agudelo, New York Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.