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 Cuentos de Pura Belpre : de como una puertorriquena transformo las bibliotecas con sus historias :
 Author: Pimentel, Annette Bay

 Publisher:  Vintage Espanol (2024)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 718263 ISBN: 9798890980366
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Belpre, Pura -- Fiction
 Spanish language -- Reading materials
 Storytelling -- Fiction
 Librarians -- Fiction
 Puerto Ricans -- Fiction
 Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction
 New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction

Price: $23.26

In this fictional biography, Pura Belpre breaks the rules of storytime by telling unpublished bilingual stories from her homeland of Puerto Rico. In Spanish.

 Illustrator: Morales, Magaly

   School Library Journal (+) (04/19/24)

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School Library Journal - 04/19/2024 Gr 1–4—As a child, Pura Belpré heard many entertaining songs and stories from her family about funny characters in comic situations in her native Puerto Rico. When she moved to New York in 1920 and started working at the library as the first Puerto Rican librarian, she never forgot these stories. During her story times, the families would laugh, and sing and cry, even though these were not stories found in any books there. While telling the stories, Belpré realized that none of the listeners looked like her, so she went and found them; she did outreach and brought in Spanish-speaking readers and others from different countries to the library. Belpré even wrote down these tales herself and published them. The Pura Belpré Award, given to the best books that celebrate Latinx and the Spanish-speaking people, was named after her. Pimentel's text is reverential and imbues her subject's biography with warmth. The narrative is engaging and will draw in readers and researchers. Morales's stylized illustrations portray not only scenes from Belpré's life but also fanciful additions based on the librarian's stories, including images from her most well-known retelling, Martina and the Cockroach. The art features a palette of purples, pinks, and teals, reminiscent of the subject's tropical origins. Back matter includes an author's note with Belpré's longer biography, a selected bibliography of her published works, source notes, and bibliography. VERDICT A biographical text that teaches the importance of inclusion, heritage, and seeing yourself in the stories you read. A must for biography shelves.—Melanie Ortega - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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