Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Storyteller's Candle

Bei Children's Book Press ist soeben das zweisprachige Buch "The Storyteller's Candle / La Velita de Los Cuentos" von Lucia M. Gonzalez und Lulu Delacre erschienen, in dem es um Pura Belpré, die erste puertorikanische Bibliothekarin der New York Public Library, geht: "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".

Die American Library Association hat übrigens einen Preis gestiftet, der Belprés Namen trägt: "The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth".

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