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Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré Hardcover – 15 Jan 2019

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (15 Jan. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062748688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062748683
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.5 x 28.2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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."--Kirkus Reviews

"Denise plants an idea of her own--that telling stories is a crucial activity for keeping culture alive."--Publishers Weekly

"[A] delightfully informative title."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"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."--Booklist

"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."--The Horn Book

"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)

"Excellent read-aloud... will likely inspire young readers to create their own tales to share with others."--Shelf Awareness

"A lively narrative perfect for reading aloud."--Cooperative Children's Book Center

"This lush and colorful book celebrates Belpré's life and legacy, and encourages young storytellers to keep sharing their tales with the world."--A Mighty Girl

From the Back Cover


When she came to America in 1921, Pura 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.

This portrait of the influential librarian, author, and puppeteer reminds us of the power of storytelling and the extraordinary woman who opened doors and championed bilingual literature.

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