Pura's Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories

by Annette Bay Pimentel (Author) Magaly Morales (Illustrator)

Pura's Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Pura's abuela always has a cuento to share. She crows ¡Qui-qui-ri-quí! 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 coquíes 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 Pérez 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 Belpré 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.


Kirkus

Starred Review
"A vibrant portrayal of an important figure."

Review quotes

**STARRED REVIEW**
"The accompanying illustrations are vibrant, with rich, saturated colors. Dynamic double-page illustrations often consist of vignettes that blend into one another, adding depth to the narration. . .A vibrant portrayal of an important figure." — "Kirkus Reviews"
Annette Bay Pimentel
Annette Bay Pimentel loves true stories about real people. She also wrote the picture book Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service. She spends her days reading nonfiction picture books and reviewing them on her website, researching in libraries, and writing about the people she discovers.

Micha Archer wrote and illustrated Daniel Finds a Poem, and has also illustrated several books for educational presses, including The Wise Fool and Lola's Fandango. Working in collage and oil, her use of color and pattern is influenced by the folk art, crafts, and architecture of the countries she has visited and lived in. She realized the importance of the book as a teaching tool after teaching kindergarten and raising two children. Micha divides her time between Costa Rica and western Massachusetts, where she lives in the house she and her husband built, surrounded by gardens and forest to roam in.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9781419749414
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Harry N. Abrams
Publication date
September 20, 2021
Series
-
BISAC categories
JNF007050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
JNF007030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Literary
JNF018030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic/Latino
JNF063000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Books & Libraries
Library of Congress categories
Storytelling
New York (N.Y.)
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Librarians
Puerto Ricans
Belprae, Pura

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