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Tales of Latin-American Traditions

With themes such as immigration, family, and food, these books capture Latin traditions in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America.
 
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Frida
by Jonah Winter Illustrated by Ana Juan
When Frida Kahlo's mother was worn out from caring for her five sisters, her father gave her lessons in brushwork and color. When polio kept her bedridden for nine months, drawing saved her from boredom.
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Esperanza Rising
by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico — she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers.

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Abuela
by Arthur Dorros Illustrated by Elisa Kleven

Flying around Manhattan Island, somersaulting in midair, resting in the sky on a chair-shaped cloud... Rosalba and her grandmother, her abuela, are having an extraordinary adventure. How do they manage this exhilarating travel that started in the park? On Rosalba's marvelous imagination.

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Going Home
by Eve Bunting Illustrated by David Diaz
Although a Mexican family comes to the United States to work as farm laborers so that their children will have opportunities, the parents still consider Mexico their home.
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Golden Tales
by Lulu Delacre Illustrated by Lulu Delacre

These 12 tales are a collection of legends, myths and folktales from 4 native Latin American cultures, spanning 13 different countries. These stories included here are retellings derived from pre- and post-Spanish arrival, and take readers on a voyage from the Caribbean all the way to Bolivia.

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Moon Rope
by Lois Ehlert

Fox wants to go to the moon. Mole does not — at least not until he hears about the huge worms waiting up there for him to eat. So the two of them set off on their adventure, with a little help from a rope of grass and their friends the birds.

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Red Ridin' In The Hood
by Patricia Marcantonio Illustrated by Renato Alarcao
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Rin, Rin, Rin, Do, Re, Mi
by José-Luis Orozco Illustrated by David Diaz

Written in both Spanish and English, a young child asks his parents to "sing to me, say letters to me, rhyme with me, count with me, read with me."

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The Secret Footprints
by Julia Alvarez Illustrated by Fabian Negrin

The Dominican legend of the ciguapas, creatures who lived in underwater caves and whose feet were on backward so that humans couldn't follow their footprints, is reinvented by renowned author Julia Alvarez.

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Too Many Tamales
by Gary Soto Illustrated by Ed Martinez

While helping her parents make the tamales for Christmas dinner, Maria sees her mother set her precious diamond ring to the side. It's so beautiful! And Maria only means to try it on for a minute. Then, all of a sudden, the ring is gone. Does she spy it in the tamale dough?

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Becoming Naomi Leon
by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw has had a lot to contend with in her young life, her name for one. Then there are her clothes (sewn in polyester by Gram), her difficulty speaking up, and her status at school as "nobody special." But according to Gram, most problems can be overcome with positive thinking.

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Before We Were Free
by Julia Alvarez

"I wonder what it would be like to be free? Not to need wings because you don't have to fly away from your country?" From award-winning author Julia Alvarez comes the story of Anita de la Torre, a 12-year-old girl living in the Dominican Republic in 1960.

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Circuit, The
by Francisco Jimenez
After dark in a Mexican border town, a father holds open a hole in a wire fence as his wife and two small boys crawl through.

So begins life in the United States for many people every day.

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Parrot in the Oven
by Victor Martinez
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Becoming Maria
by Sonia Manzano

Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics, "Maria" on Sesame Street, delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir.

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