Synopses & Reviews
"Introducing Pura Belpr, the first Puerto Rican librarian hired by the New York Public Library system, this warmhearted Spanish/English bilingual story adopts the perspectives of two children who are inspired by Belpr to enter a library for the very first time. During a cold, Depression-era winter, Belpr organizes the community to hold a Three Kings' Day festival at the library. In telling the story, Gonzlez livens the English text with a sprinkling of Spanish words, and chooses facts of interest to children, but streamlines biographical details so that she can focus on the characters. Delacre's inviting oil and collage illustrations cleverly incorporate sepia-toned clippings from a January 6, 1930, New York Times, turning them into architectural elements, books, furniture, etc. With this simple and affectionate story, Gonzlez and Delacre (both winners of the ALA's Pura Belpr Honor Medal) broadcast Belpr's welcome message to new generations of immigrants 'Remember, the library belongs to you all,' Belpr says. 'We'll blow out the storyteller's candle, and your wish will come true.' Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
It is the winter of 1929, and cousins Hildamar and Santiago have just moved to enormous, chilly New York from their native Puerto Rico. As Three Kings' Day approaches, Hildamar and Santiago mourn the loss of their sunny home and wonder about their future in their adopted city. But when a storyteller and librarian named Pura Belpré arrives in their classroom, the children begin to understand just what a library can mean to a community. In this fitting tribute to a remarkable woman, Lucía González and Lulu Delacre have captured the truly astounding effect that Belpré had on the city of New York.