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Clara and the Curandera/Clara y La Curandera
"Once there was a little girl named Clara, who was grumpy." She was grumpy about having to take out the trash, having to share her toys with her seven brothers and sisters, and having to read one book a week for school. And Mami is tired of Clara's grumpy face, so she sends her daughter to the curandera or healer to ask for help. The curandera gives Clara a list of things ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Pinata Books
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Oct 17, 2012 Julee rated it it was amazing
Clara is grumpy and feels like she does not have enough time to do the things she likes to do. Her mother sends her to the Curandera, a wise woman,(a healer)who tells her she must help her neighbors, give her favorite toys to her siblings, and read five books a week. Clara obediently accepts the tasks and discovers what truly makes her happy. This bi-lingual tale of character development is now one of my favorite read aloud stories. I began reading it to pre-kinder four years olds who were able ...more
I like Monica Brown's telling of stories and the choice in illustrator never disappoints. The story is also told in English and Spanish, which I think is fantastic. The only thing lacking in this story is the backstory. What is a Curandera, and why is she special? Some explanation or author's note would have made for a more enriching story.
Mar 17, 2012 Paula rated it liked it
Clara's grumpiness leads her mother to take her to a neighbor who is a curandera, or healer, and although she is puzzled by her "treatment," Clara dutifully helps her neighbors, is kind to her siblings, and reads more books for a week.
curandera is a healer?
Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of awardwinning bilingual books for children, including My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising), a recipient of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and a Pura Belpré Honor. Her second picture book, My Name Is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral/Me llamo Gabriela: La vida de Gabriela Mistral (Luna Ris ...moreMore about Monica Brown...