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Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré | Anika Aldamuy Denise
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An inspiring picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, who championed bilingual literature. When she came to America in 1921, Pura Belpré carried the cuentos folklóricos of her Puerto Rican homeland. Finding a new home at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she turned her popular retellings into libros and spread story seeds across the land. Today, these seeds have grown into a lush landscape as generations of children and storytellers continue to share her tales and celebrate Pura’s legacy. Brought to colorful life by Paola Escobar’s elegant and exuberant illustrations and Anika Aldamuy Denise’s lyrical text, this gorgeous book is perfect for the pioneers in your life. Informative backmatter and suggested further reading included.
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RebelGrrrl
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Did I read this while I was on the reference desk and the library was momentarily quiet? Yes. Did the ending make me tear up and almost cry while at said desk? I'm not telling. I love this book, and Pura Belpré is absolutely someone all aspiring librarians should know and keep her spirit in your work! 💖📚

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BookInMyHands
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Pura Belpré is one of my librarian heroes. In 1921 she came from Puerto Rico to New York where she got a job at the library as a bilingual assistant. But the library doesn‘t have stories from Puerto Rico, or even books in Spanish, so Pura creates storytimes, puppet theaters and even has her own stories published.

This beautiful story illustrates the legacy of Pura Belpré and how she forever changed libraries.

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Weaponxgirl Wow! I‘ve never heard of her before. Thanks for bringing her to my attention 😁 6mo
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