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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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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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Frida: (Spanish language edition)
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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Paperback Picturebooks : $5.99

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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: Myths, Legends, and Folktales from Latin America
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: A Peruvian Folktale
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: And Other Cuentos
by Patricia Marcantonio Illustrated by Renato Alarcao
Famous tales refashioned in Latin American settings Eleven classic tales are retold with an injection of Latino culture, providing a twist on the traditional forms while sustaining a freshness all their own.
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Rin, Rin, Rin/Do, Re, Mi: A Picture Book in Spanish and English
by José-Luis Orozco Illustrated by David Diaz

This lively bilingual Spanish-English picture book depicts how everyday family activities such as cooking, singing, and storytelling prepare children for reading and life.

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Paperback Picturebooks : $2.80

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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 León
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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Paperbacks : $6.99

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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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The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
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.

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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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Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida
by Victor Martinez
"Perico, "or parrot, was what Dad called me sometimes. It was from a Mexican saying about a parrot that complains how hot it is in the shade, while all along he's sitting inside an oven and doesn't know it....
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