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El Verde de Mis Suenos

Spanish

Mariel Jungkunz Mónica Paola Rodriguez

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Spanish
Minedition (imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc)
31 October 2023
It's eleven days after Christmas and Lucia yearns to be in lush Puerto Rico celebrating Dia de los Reyes with family and friends. But this year, instead of dancing and singing in the parrandas of her Puerto Rican neighborhood, she is surrounded by cold and silence in snow-blanketed Ohio. How will she ever be able to guide the Three Kings to her new home in the frosty Midwest? This picture book is a celebration of Puerto Rican culture, heartwarming family tradition, and a reminder that we all carry a piece of home with us wherever life may take us.

In this Spanish edition of Dreams of Green- A Three Kings' Day Story, a girl and her family discover new ways to celebrate their Puerto Rican heritage in Ohio.

It's eleven days after Christmas and Lucia yearns to be in lush Puerto Rico celebrating Dia de los Reyes with family and friends. But this year, instead of dancing and singing in the parrandas of her Puerto Rican neighborhood, she is surrounded by cold and silence in snow-blanketed Ohio. How will she ever be able to guide the Three Kings to her new home in the frosty Midwest? This picture book is a celebration of Puerto Rican culture, heartwarming family tradition, and a reminder that we all carry a piece of home with us wherever life may take us.

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Illustrated by:   Mónica Paola Rodriguez
Imprint:   Minedition (imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc)
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 286mm,  Width: 226mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   442g
ISBN:   9781662620393
ISBN 10:   166262039X
Pages:   32
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 4 to 8 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mariel Jungkunz is a former journalist and a graduate of the Las Hermanas mentorship program for unpublished Latinx kidlit writers at Las Musas Books. Originally from Puerto Rico, she currently resides in Ohio, where she works as an editor for dictionary.com. Monica Rodriguez has a BFA in Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design and works primarily with picture book illustration and character design.

Reviews for El Verde de Mis Suenos (Spanish)

"★ “A lovely tribute to El Día de los Reyes (Three Kings’ Day) and how traditions aren’t tied to a place but to those who celebrate them…This poignant picture book presents the traditions associated with Latin American celebrations of Epiphany Day (January 6) wrapped in the story of a little girl adjusting to life on the mainland. Rodriguez’s majestic spreads alternate ­between the emerald green scenes in Puerto Rico and the colder but still beautiful snow scenes of Ohio. The language has a nostalgic tinge, worshipful of the island and reverent of the religious and cultural holiday. Back matter includes explanation of the holiday, its basis in the Bible, and how countries all over the world honor it. A beautiful package, this special book belongs on all Spanish-language and holiday shelves.” —School Library Journal, starred review ""A comforting holiday story about sustaining tradition while making room for new beginnings.""—Kirkus Reviews ""As Lucía yearns for the country left behind...the holiday reassures the protagonist that their connection to their home country and culture is far from lost. Rodríguez’s digital art juxtaposes the landscapes of Puerto Rico and Ohio throughout. ""—Publishers Weekly"


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