Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Grandma's Chocolate Virtual Book Tour
Author Mara Price goes on a virtual book tour to promote her first bilingual children's book, Grandma's Chocolate / El chocolate de Abuelita. Leave your comments! Everyday a lucky winner will get a copy of this wonderful book.
Monday, November 15
Grandma’s Chocolate/El chocolate de Abuelita Trailer
by Yuyi Morales
Tuesday, November 16
On Beyond Words and Pictures
Chocolate recipe and the importance of chocolate in Meso-America
by Megan Frances
Wednesday, November 17
The Story behind the Story
by Rene Colato Lainez
Thursday, November 18
Out of the Paintbox
Mara Price interview
by Diane Browning
Friday, November 19
Latin Baby Book Club
By Monica Olivera Hazelton
"Sabrina's much-loved grandmother's latest visit from Mexico is filled with gifts and interesting tidbits about chocolate, Mayan culture and history. A gentle, well-translated bilingual text infused with a wise and loving family elder's teaching is accompanied by earthy, gouache paintings. A sweet and loving way to introduce history through family connections." - Kirkus Reviews
There’s no shortage of princess books on the shelves, but few, if any, like this. In Price’s bilingual story, Sabrina’s visiting grandmother tells her stories about her Mexican heritage, braids ribbons into her hair, and gives her gifts, such a huipil, a traditional blouse. “When you put on this huipil, you will look like a Mayan Princess,” she tells Sabrina. After some lessons about the history of cacao, they make hot chocolate (just like Mayan princesses used to drink, to Sabrina’s delight). Fields’ strongest paintings are those of the rosy–cheeked family, which make evident the influence of their cultural roots and the strength of their intergenerational bonds. Ages 4-8. -Publishers Weekly
Mara Price is a bilingual author and illustrator of children’s books. She enjoys designing characters and bringing them to life in order to entertain children while reminding them of their heritage.
Mara's articles, stories and illustrations have appeared in Iguana magazine for children since its inception in 2005. She is a member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and contributes to the local newsletter. She was one of the founders of Los Bloguitos, a Spanish-language blog for children. Mara has taught art workshops at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and she gives presentations at schools, libraries, book fairs and education conferences. Raised in Mexico, she now resides in Southern California.