Pura's Cuentos: How Pura Belpre Reshaped Libraries With Her Stories

ISBN-10: 1419749412
ISBN-13: 9781419749414
Author: Pimentel, Annette Bay
Illustrated by: Morales, Magaly
Interest Level: K-3
Publisher: Abrams Books

Publication Date: September 2021

Copyright: 2021

Page Count: 40


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Interest Level

Grades K-3

Reading Level

Guided Reading: O
Lexile: AD610L
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.3
Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Books & Libraries

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage

JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino

Description
A lyrical, vibrant tribute to the amazing life and legacy of Pura Belpre, a lauded storyteller, librarian, and pioneer of bilingual storytimes

Pura's abuela always has a cuento to share. She crows ¡Qui-qui-ri-qui! for Señor Gallo, booms Borom, Borom for Señor Zapo, and tells of a beautiful cockroach who loves a mouse. Pura clings to these stories like coquies cling to green leaves.

When Pura grows up and moves from Puerto Rico to Harlem, she gets a job at the library, where she is surrounded by stories--but they're only in English. Where is Señor Gallo? Where is Perez the mouse? Where is Puerto Rico on these shelves? She decides to tell children the tales of her homeland in English and in Spanish.

Lyrically written, with lively illustrations, Pura's Cuentos captures the exuberant spirit and passion of Pura Belpre: celebrated storyteller, author, folklorist, and the first Latina librarian in New York City. A pioneer of bilingual storytimes, she welcomed countless new families to the library, formed cultural bridges in her community, and broke the rules by telling stories that weren't printed in books--at least, not yet.

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