Super Cilantro Girl/La Superniña del Cilantro (English and Spanish Edition)

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9780892391875: Super Cilantro Girl/La Superniña del Cilantro (English and Spanish Edition)
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What happens when a small girl suddenly starts turning green, as green as a cilantro leaf, and grows to be fifty feet tall? She becomes Super Cilantro Girl, and can overcome all obstacles, that’s what! Esmeralda Sinfronteras is the winning super-hero in this effervescent tale about a child who flies huge distances and scales tall walls in order to rescue her mom. Award-winning writer Juan Felipe Herrera taps into the wellsprings of his imagination to address and transform the concerns many first-generation children have about national borders and immigrant status. Honorio Robledo Tapia has created brilliant images and landscapes that will delight all children.

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Juan Felipe Herrera is a nationally recognized Mexican-American poet. His first children’s book, Calling the Doves won the prestigious Ezra Jack Keats Award. Its sequel, The Upside-Down Boy, was a selection for the Texas Blue Bonnet Master List and was a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children. A third story, Grandma and Me at the Flea, came out in 2002 to rave reviews. Juan Felipe was also the winner of the Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Award for 2000 and 2002. He lives with his family in Fresno, California, and loves the color green because it’s the color of emerald, oceans, and cilantro.

Honorio Robledo Tapia spent his childhood in Veracruz, Chiapas, and in the mountainous regions of Matlanzinca of Mexico, where there was no electricity or running water. Today he is an author, painter, and musician, and lives in Los Angeles. He is the author of Nico visita la luna / Nico Visits the Moon. and of El Cucuy, winner of the Independent Publishers’ Award in 2002. He is also the creator of the comic strip, Cubeta, which appeared in the newspaper, La Jornada in Mexico, and can now be seen in La Opinión in Los Angeles. His children Nico and Amalia are huge fans of his work and awake him at six every morning to hear his stories.

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Esmeralda drapes one of Abuelita's starry shawls over her shoulders as a cape. She fastens it with a huge safety pin. Then she makes a construction paper mask and puts on her best green tights and her favorite gold hightop sneakers.

Finally, she picks a fresh bouquet of cilantro from her mother's garden and whispers to the green-green leaves,

"Green like my mother's salsa verde,
green like the earth in Spring.
Take me across the mountains to my mamá
so I can hear her songs again."

The bouquet sparkles in her hands. Esmeralda flies through the clouds to the border with her bird, its crooked beak leading the way.

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