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A Song of Frutas

A Song of Frutas

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From Pura Belpr Award-winning author Margarita Engle comes a lively, rhythmic picture book about a little girl visiting her grandfather who is a pregonero--a singing street vendor in Cuba--and helping him sell his frutas.

When we visit mi abuelo, I help him sell
frutas, singing the names of each fruit
as we walk, our footsteps like drumbeats,
our hands like maracas, shaking...

The little girl loves visiting her grandfather in Cuba and singing his special songs to sell all kinds of fruit: mango, lim n, naranja, pi a, and more Even when they're apart, grandfather and granddaughter can share rhymes between their countries like un abrazo--a hug--made of words carried on letters that soar across the distance like songbirds.

Author: Margarita Engle
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Published: 08/03/2021
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.01lbs
Size: 11.26h x 8.91w x 0.44d
ISBN: 9781534444898
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 06/14/2021
Kirkus Reviews 06/15/2021
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2021
Booklist 08/01/2021 pg. 62
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2021 pg. 63
School Library Journal 10/01/2021 pg. 72

About the Author
Margarita Engle is the Cuban American author of many books including the verse novels Rima's Rebellion; Your Heart, My Sky; With a Star in My Hand; The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor winner; and The Lightning Dreamer. Her verse memoirs include Soaring Earth and Enchanted Air, which received the Pura Belpré Award, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor, and was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, among others. Her picture books include Drum Dream Girl; Dancing Hands; and The Flying Girl. Visit her at

Sara Palacios is the recipient of a Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor for Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match and the illustrator of several other picture books, including The Flying Girl. Sara graduated with a degree in graphic design and went on to earn BFA and MFA degrees in illustration from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. A native of Mexico, Sara now lives in San Francisco.
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