I met Deborah Frisch at CABE (California Association for Bilingual Education) in 2005 when my picture book Playing Lotería/ El juego de la lotería was released. Deborah was promoting ¡Binglés! La Lotería Para Aprender Inglés.
La Lotería joined us and we decided to present my book and ¡Binglés! at teacher's conferences in California. She dressed as La Dama and I dressed as El Catrín. We had a lof of fun singing,
♪ ♫ ♪ Do you Have the lady?
¿Tiene usted La dama?
No, I don't have the lady
pero tengo la rana. ♪ ♫ ♪
Our last conference was in Puerto Vallarta, México at the 39th International MEXTESOL Convention. At Puerto Vallarta, I saw Debby in action speaking perfect Spanish and dancing and singing with a Mariachi band. Debby lived in Cancún for many years. She was the founder of Escuela Xilango, a English Language School. To find out all her adventures in Cancun, you can read her memoir A Mango for the Teacher, a 2013 International Book Award, 2nd Place winner in Best Biography-English.
I created this video to promote ¡Binglés! and Playing Lotería/ El juego de la lotería. You can see Debby in action playing the game.
Debby talking about ¡Binglés!
A Mango for the Teacher
Deborah, a spirited young teacher of English as a Second Language, flees NYC's ’70 fiscal crisis, heading for Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. Her destination? A small hamlet/construction camp adjoining a spectacular undeveloped beach: Cancún.