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Leslea Newman in Person

Join us live and in person on Saturday, June 11 at 11 AM for a very special Odyssey event with Leslea Newman around her bi-lingual picture book, ALICIA AND THE HURRICANE / ALICIA Y EL HURACÁN.

Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, the former mayor of San Juan, will read the Spanish language version. 

About the Book

Bestselling author Lesléa Newman offers a tender and timely story of a Puerto Rican child facing a hurricane and her concern for the beloved coquíes of her home island.

After snuggling into bed each night, Alicia listens for the big voices of the tiny coquíes that live all around Puerto Rico and sing her to sleep.Ko-kee, ko-kee, the little frogs call. Ko-kee, ko-kee.

One day a terrible hurricane comes to Puerto Rico, and Alicia and her family take refuge in a shelter. At bedtime Alicia hears grown-ups snoring and babies crying, wind howling and rain pounding. But even though she listens hard, she cannot hear the song of the coquíes. Are the little tree frogs safe? And what will Alicia and her family find at home when the storm is over?

Alicia and the Hurricane is a tender look at the resilience of people, and native creatures, whose lives have been disrupted by a natural disaster. With love and support, family and friends come together to share, rebuild, and fill Alicia's heart with hope.Ko-kee, ko-kee!

About the Creators

Lesléa Newman is the author of more than seventy-five acclaimed books for readers of all ages. She has received numerous awards for her work, including two Stonewall Book Award Honors and a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Newman is also a popular presenter at conferences, libraries, and schools. She lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts, with her spouse, Mary Grace Vazquez.

Elizabeth Erazo Baez is a Puerto Rican visual artist who is inspired by the greenery of Puerto Rico and the beauty of its landscapes. As a result, her paintings focus on tropical scenes and portraits of the Caribbean. She also works as an elementary school art teacher. Baez lives with her family in Miami, Florida.

Georgina Lázaro adapted the English text of <i>Alicia and the Hurricane</i> into Spanish. She is a Puerto Rican poet who has written poems that introduce children to Frederico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote, and other mainstays of Hispanic/Latinx culture and tradition. She also writes and translates children's books. Lázaro lives with her family in Ponce, Puerto Rico.


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Event date: 
Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 11:00am
Event address: 
9 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
Alicia and the Hurricane / Alicia Y El Huracán: A Story of Puerto Rico / Un Cuento de Puerto Rico By Lesléa Newman, Elizabeth Erazo Baez (Illustrator), Georgina Lazaro (Translator) Cover Image
By Lesléa Newman, Elizabeth Erazo Baez (Illustrator), Georgina Lazaro (Translator)
ISBN: 9780892394555
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Children's Book Press (CA) - April 19th, 2022

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