Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre

Category: Book
By (author): Denise, Anika Aldamuy
Illustrated By: Escobar, Paola
Subject:  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / General
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Literary
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino
Audience: children/juvenile
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: January 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 40
Size: 11.00in x 8.50in x 0.50in
Our Price:
$ 21.99
Availability:
Available to order

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

*Indie Next List Pick*

*Junior Library Guild Selection*

"An appealing tribute and successful remedy to the lack of titles about the groundbreaking librarian…a must-have for all libraries." -School Library Journal (starred review)

An inspiring picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian, who championed bilingual literature.

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.

Informative backmatter and suggested further reading included.

A Spanish-language edition, Sembrando historias: Pura Belpré: bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos, is also available.

"Anika Aldamuy Denise's intimate telling captures the magical, folk-tale feeling of Belpré's own stories. Her lyrical text, sprinkled like fairy dust with Spanish words, begs to be read aloud, while Paola Escobar's stylishly detailed and warmly expressive illustrations capture the joy of sharing stories."-New York Times Book Review

Review Quote*"An appealing tribute and successful remedy to the lack of titles about the groundbreaking librarian…a must-have for all libraries."
Review Quote*"Anika Aldamuy Denise's intimate telling captures the magical, folk-tale feeling of Belpré's own stories. Her lyrical text, sprinkled like fairy dust with Spanish words, begs to be read aloud, while Paola Escobar's stylishly detailed and warmly expressive illustrations capture the joy of sharing stories."
Review Quote*"Denise and Escobar pay tribute to the legacy of librarian Pura Belpré in this vibrant picture-book biography…Planting Stories is a glossy immigration tale of dreams coming true, and the lyrical language lends itself to being read aloud."
Review Quote*"Belpré's story is told in rhythmic language with a good dose of Spanish sprinkled throughout. Escobar's vibrant illustrations are filled with details that help bring to life the story of this remarkable librarian."
Review Quote*"Denise plants an idea of her own-that telling stories is a crucial activity for keeping culture alive."
Review Quote*"Denise's descriptive language moves between English and Spanish seamlessly, without italics used or translations needed, and portrays a lively Pura…Expressive digital illustrations in earthy colors portray warm and radiant characters."
Review Quote*"[A] delightfully informative title."
Review Quote*"The story is beautiful to look at and to read, and it showcases one of the first people to recognize the need for young readers to have books that reflected who they are."
Review Quote*"This excellent read-aloud, with its informative author's note and bibliographic resources… will likely inspire young readers to create their own tales to share with others."