Spring 2021

Anita and the Dragons

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

A beautifully tender story touching on the range of emotions immigrants may feel when leaving their home countries – excitement and sorrow, fear and courage.

Anita watches the dragons high above her as she hops from one cement roof to another in her village in the Dominican Republic. But being the valiant princesa she is, she never lets them scare her. Will she be brave enough to enter the belly of the beast and take flight to new adventures?

A Barnes & Noble Bookseller Favorite. A BookTrust Book of the Month. A Love Reading For Schools Book of the Month.

“A gorgeous story about the love of one’s homeland and the courage it takes to emigrate”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

“Anita’s courage as she flies off with the dragons to a new land will linger long after the final page”—Girls Read The World

“What a punch this book packs. Hannah Carmona’s lyrical narrative is paired with THE dreamiest artwork by Anna Cunha – I’m obsessed with the color palette, and the gentle simplicity of her spreads is calming, yet full of energy”—The Little Literary Society

Format Your Price
978-1-911373-63-6
$13.49
978-1-911373-69-8
$22.99
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Fiction
Category Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2021-04-06
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV057000, JUV030040, JUV039250
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 9 x 9.75
Lexile 800
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine

“[T]his is a creative addition to the canon of immigration narratives . . . —The Horn Book Magazine

Foreword Reviews

“Muted chalk illustrations with spare details help to capture Anita’s world and future home.”—starred, Foreword Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“A gorgeous story about the love of one’s homeland and the courage it takes to emigrate.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: Hannah Carmona

Hannah Carmona is a writer, actor, and director. Hannah's previous titles include Dazzling Travis and Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me. Hannah is a mother of two, co-founder of Collective Art School of Tennessee, and a YouTuber. She lives in Tennessee.

Illustrator: Anna Cunha

Anna Cunha is an award-winning Brazilian artist who has illustrated more than 20 books. Her work has been shortlisted for the Jabuti Prize and received a Joao-de-Barro Prize honorable mention.