Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Olita y Manyula- The Big Birthday / El gran cumpleaños

Written by Jorge Argueta
Illustrated by El Aleph Sánchez

Olita visits El Salvador from the United States. Her cousin, friends and aunt invite her to Manyula’s birthday party. On the way to the party they walk through the San Jacinto neighborhood under the warm rain, jumping over puddles. When they arrive at the party, Olita receives a gigantic surprise. Everyone has a great time watching Manyula dance and eat her huge cake. This is the big birthday party Olita will never forget. 

Olita ha llegado de visita de los Estados Unidos a El Salvador. Su primo, amigos y tía la invitan al cumpleaños de Manyula. Rumbo a la fiesta caminan bajo la tibia lluvia, saltan charcos y van conociendo lugares históricos del barrio de San Jacinto. Al llegar a la casa de Manyula, Olita se encuentra con una gigantesca sorpresa. Todos se divierten al ver a Manyula bailar y comer su enorme pastel. Este es el gran cumpleaños que Olita nunca olvidará. 

Jorge Tetl Argueta is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He has won the International Latino Book Award, the Américas Book Award, the NAPPA Gold Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction for Juveniles. His books have also been named to the Américas Award Commended List, the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List, Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge spent much of his life in rural El Salvador. He now lives in San Francisco, California.

Alex Sánchez, El Aleph, is an acclaimed Salvadoran painter known as the painter of light and color. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout El Salvador, United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. His works have won many national and international awards including the distinguished Salvadoran national honor - Meritus Son. He resides in El Salvador.

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