Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A double book release party!

Luna's Press Books and Arte Público Press present:

A double book release party!

Telegramas al cielo / Telegrams to Heaven by René Colato Laínez & Agua, Agüita / Water, Little Water by Jorge Argueta.

Join us for an afternoon of readings, book signings, music and light refreshments for the entire family!

Todos y todas estan invitados! Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, 2 PM – 5 PM
Accion Latina
2958 24th St
San Francisco, California 94110

Telegramas al cielo/ Telegrams to Heaven

By René Colato Laínez
Illustrated by Pixote Hunt

Telegrams to Heaven recounts the moving childhood of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, who from an early age discovers the candor, light and power of the word, which he uses to pray and to write poetry, sending telegrams to heaven from
his heart. René Colato Laínez, the renowned Salvadoran writer, has written a touching story about the great Salvadoran prophet who dreamed from his childhood of being a priest, and became not only a priest, but also a bishop, an archbishop, and the great orator of his country. His word remains, for the Salvadoran people and the world—a prayer, a poem, a sweet telegram that Archbishop Romero continues to send in the name of his people to the heart of heaven. The colorful, modern illustrations of Pixote Hunt make us reflect with deep tenderness, showing us the innocence of the great Archbishop Romero as a young child.

by Jorge Tetl Argueta
Illustrations by Felipe Ugalde Alcántara

This trilingual picture book written in lyrical verse traces the life 
cycle of water from the point of view of one droplet.

“My name is Water
but everyone calls me
Little Water.”

In this beautiful, poetic ode to the life-giving force of water, award-winning children’s book author Jorge Argueta describes—in English, Spanish and Nahuat—the life cycle of water from the perspective of one drop.

From its birth deep in Mother Earth, Little Water climbs to the surface, passing through roots and rocks, light and darkness. Finally, the tiny bead of water makes it to the top and rests,

“A sigh of morning dew
on the tips of leaves
on spider webs
or on the petals
of flowers.”

The droplet becomes a river, a lake, an ocean, ultimately climbing to the sky and turning into a cloud. Then,

“Drop by drop
I return singing
to our Mother Earth.
I am Little Water.
I am life.”

With stunningly beautiful illustrations by Felipe Ugalde Alcántara that depict the mountains, rocks, vegetation and animals of the natural world, this poem about the importance of water reflects Argueta’s indigenous roots and his appreciation for nature. Containing the English and Spanish text on each page, the entire poem appears at the end in Nahuat, the language of Argueta’s Pipil-Nahua ancestors. This book is an excellent choice to encourage children to write their own poems about the natural world and to begin conversations about the interconnected web of life.

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