Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Books for the Children of El Salvador

A message from Talleres de Poesía

A special request to our family of Bilingual Children's Book Authors, Illustrators and Friends:

Talleres de Poesia will be celebrating the 4th Annual Children's Poetry Festival in El Salvador on November 13, 14 and 15. Participating authors have agreed to donate a number of their own titles to contribute to the library in El Salvador and Luna's Press is also donating 10 books. We would love the children of El Salvador to also be able to enjoy your wonderful books - to travel to your worlds through reading. If you could kindly donate 1 or 2 books within the next 2 weeks, we will gladly bring them over (if you wish to, please sign book to "Bilblioteca Nacional" or "For the Children of El Salvador"). 

Please send to 90 bepler St. Daly City, CA 94014

Please feel free to share this with all your children's book author & illustrator friends. 

Thank you so much, Jorge Argueta

The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases / 
La chancleta perdida y otros casos secretos 

  • by Alidis Vicente 

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Pinata Books; Bilingual edition (November 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558857796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558857797

Flaca's chancleta, or flip flop, has gone missing! She prepares to investigate the theft: "Pencil and notepad: in hand. Straw hat for disguise: on. Magnifying glass: Check." She interviews each of her family members, all of whom are suspects. Oddly, their stories check out, so Flaca will have to dig deeper to find the culprit. 

Normally, Detective Flaca a pale, scrawny second grader doesn't allow civilians to read her confidential case files. But young readers willing to sign the confidentiality agreement that appears before the three top-secret cases included in this bilingual collection are in luck! 

In "The Case of the Missing China," Flaca discovers small pieces of china or oranges for those who grew up in Puerto Rico in a fruit cup included in her lunch. She's allergic to oranges, so she immediately suspects someone is trying to harm her. But who could it be? And in "The Case of the Lost Salsa," Flaca is dismayed to learn she will have to dance salsa at her older sister's quinceanera. Attending the birthday party is bad enough, but performing in front of everyone is unimaginable! When Flaca starts dance lessons, she realizes her "salsa" is missing. She uses her finely tuned detective skills to locate her lost dancing abilities, ultimately discovering that one's inner "salsa" can't be found with pencil and paper. 

Narrated by Detective Flaca in hard-boiled detective style, this bilingual collection of inter-related short stories for intermediate readers will appeal to seasoned and reluctant readers alike. And Flaca will surely inspire a host of amateur private investigators!

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