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The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos by Lucia M. Gonzalez
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May 13, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: picture-books, latino-a-_historical-fiction, latino-a_bio
Read in May, 2011

This is a story about Pura Belpre, who was the first Puerto Rican librarian hired at the New York Public Library. She was a great storyteller and helped children find their culture in a world so different than what they were accustomed. Many Puerto Ricans came to New York to find work and new opportunities. Most moved to an area called El Barrio north of Manhattan. They were not use to the cold weather and missed their island. They were surprised when Pura Belpre came to their school and told stories in both English and Spanish and invited them to the library. At the library, they found they could celebrate their culture. I love that her name is used to honor Latino writers and illustrators. She inspired many students and helped them celebrate the Latino culture.

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