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Bella wants to find out what she's good at. But she quits everything she (barely) tries because she's a desastre. Her somersaults are like jirafas rolling downhill, her piano playing like elephant feet. When she decides to learn how to bake with her abuela, her first attempt at dulce de leche frosting looks like cocodrilo skin. She must learn it's okay to try again or she ...more
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Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Beaming Books
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Livia Blackburne
This cute bilingual picture book is a good one for my daughter, because she gets frustrated really easily if she doesn't get something right on the first try. Bella thinks she's not good at anything. Not a good gymnast like her sister, and not an amazing pianist like her brother. Little does she realize though, they became good by practicing, and she can too! ...more
Theresa Trinder
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Everyone in my household can identify with Bella, who just wants to be good at something! And even though it feels like the world demands perfection on the very first try, what really helps us learn and grow is practice. We tell our kids this all the time, but it’s much more likely to click by reading a fun and funny story like this one, with somersaults like “jirafes rolling down hills,” and dulce de leche that “looks like cocodrilo skin.” But thanks to a pinch of patience—and some loving guida ...more
Moni Hadley
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Are you looking for the recipe for success? It’s right here! In this story, Bella, the main character, compares herself to a sister and brother who seem to be good at gymnastics and piano. Bella wants to be good at something. With the help of her Abuela, she learns that mistakes are okay! Told in English but peppered with words in Spanish, this is el perfecto libro for kids who might need a little boost in confidence.
Taylor
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for any child (or adult!) who is a perfectionist! Beautiful illustrations and a sweet abuela take the reader on a journey through frustration and despair to realizing that everyone needs to practice in order to be good at something.
Susannah Aziz
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bella's Recipe for Success is the perfect read for building up a child's confidence. I love that the story highlighted that practice makes perfect! I admired the relationship between Bella and her very patient Abuela. I loved that the characters were doing cartwheels in the living room, because I think every kid has tried this at least once, usually ending in disaster! This book teaches so many valuable things within the pages, and most importantly reminds us that growing up is all about trial a ...more
Tracy Gold
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, this book is so adorable and totally speaks to my heart as someone who bakes "with" my toddler on a regular basis. The message of this book is so needed for kids--KEEP TRYING! No one is perfect! Bella thinks she's a total failure and the rest of her family is perfect, until she learns that everyone in her family makes mistakes, and all she has to do to succeed is keep trying. A wonderful picture book about perseverance. Bonus: a great chance to learn and practice some light Spani ...more
Amanda Davis
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bella's Recipe for Success is:
1 cup of finding your strengths
2 cups of exploring your passions
plus a pinch or two of making mistakes along the way.
The result is a sweet read that is sure to leave you wanting more! With a fun recipe for POLVORONES
CON DULCE DE LECHE in the back matter, the story is perfect for at home reads or in the classroom extensions. I also loved the bonus theme of the endearing relationship between Bella and her abuela. The bright and vibrant art by Geraldine Rodriguez enc
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Alison Marcotte
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I can definitely relate to Bella in "Bella's Recipe for Success"! Her siblings have already discovered their talents — her brother is a talented pianist and her sister is an accomplished gymnast. Bella struggles with finding her talent; maybe she can be a baker like her abuela? But Bella keeps making mistakes, forgetting ingredients and dropping plates. She wants to give up hope, but her abuela encourages her to keep going. Bella's persistence, determination, and resilience is inspirational, and ...more
Deb Adamson
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The old adage, practice makes perfect, is conveyed through the sweet character, Bella, who is working to discover her own special talent. A patient, loving abuela guides her along, helping her understand that not giving up is the recipe for success! A great book for any child on a quest to uncover just what they are really good at.
Rose Viña
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A great example of perseverance. Readers will see how “failures” can eventually led to success with a lot of practice and patience. Fun way to show this life virtue of persistence via baking. There’s even a recipe for readers in the back of the book!
Andréa
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Amitha
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful book about perseverance and baking! This book reminded me so much of one my daughters who is very hard on herself when she doesn't get things right the first time. I'll bet a lot of kids (and their parents) will relate.

(review based on digital early review copy)
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Amy
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book should appeal to fans of Extraordinary Ordinary Ella, which also has a main character who frets over her lack of talent. Here, the central message of the book is that talent takes practice, and many mistakes will be made on the way to mastery. What I especially enjoyed about this book was how deliciously the point was made... including recipes at the end! Yum!
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Ana Siqueira is from Brazil where she is an award-winning published author. Ana teaches Spanish to elementary children. Besides BELLA’S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS, - Beaming Books 2021, and IF YOUR BABYSITTER IS A BRUJA, 2022, Ana also published a book for the educational market El Pato Quiere Uvas.- Teacher’s Discovery. Soon, Ana will have more news about other books. Ana loves being an Abuela and a Vovó ...more

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