Fall 2024

Pieza a pieza (Piece by Piece)

El obsequio de Ernestine para el presidente Roosevelt (Ernestine's Gift for President Roosevelt)

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Durante la Gran Depresión, la familia de Ernestine Guerrero no tenía mucho.

La adolescente estadounidense de origen mexicano estaba tan agradecida por la ayuda alimentaria que el gobierno enviaba a San Antonio, Texas, que deseaba expresarle personalmente su gratitud al presidente Roosevelt. ¿Pero cómo? Después de ver los planos de un proyecto muy difícil para crear en madera, decidió que lo haría ella misma y se lo enviaría al presidente. Pieza a pieza, eso fue exactamente lo que hizo. Y la caja de reloj que construyó continúa en exhibición en la Biblioteca Presidencial Roosevelt hasta hoy en día.

Con maravillosas ilustraciones de Anna López Real, este libro ilustrado relata la inspiradora historia verdadera de una chica que demostró que, si observas con atención, pueden encontrarse tesoros en lugares inesperados.

During the Great Depression, Ernestine Guerrero’s family didn’t have much. The Mexican American teen was so grateful for the government food aid they received in San Antonio, Texas, that she wanted to personally thank President Roosevelt. But how? After seeing the plans for a very difficult woodworking project, she decided she would make it herself and send it to the president. Piece by piece, that’s exactly what she did. And the clock case she built remains on display in the Roosevelt Presidential Library to this day.

This picture book tells the inspiring true story of a girl who proved that if you look closely, treasure can be found in unexpected places. Now in Spanish!

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Biography, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning, Spanish-Language
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language Spanish
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2024-08-06
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007020, JNF053070, JNF006060
Dewey 976.4/35100468720904
Dimensions 10.375 x 8.875
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Lupe Ruiz-Flores

Lupe Ruiz-Flores is the author of six bilingual picture books. She is a former Regional Advisor for the Southwest Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and until recently its newsletter editor. Lupe has won the SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grant, the SCBWI/Amazon Work-in-Progress Grant, and the SCBWI Martha Weston Award. She is a member of the Writers League of Texas, Texas Library Association, Las Musas, and Kindling Words. She was awarded the Tejas Star Book Award for three consecutive years. Her poetry and short stories have been published in anthologies, including Thanku: Poems of Gratitude. She was recently inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.

Illustrator: Anna López Real

Anna López Real is a freelance illustrator based in Guadalajara, Mexico. She spent her early years in a small town with a big lake, in a bilingual home full of books, movies, diverse music and art. She has a BD in Graphic Design from Universidad de Guadalajara. Since she was young, she has needed to feel colors, shadows, textures and shapes with her own hands, which inspired her to use traditional techniques. She is also the co-founder of a local stationary company. She is passionate about human rights, animal rights and has a great love for nature.


School Library Journal

“Beautiful objects can come from unassuming materials, and this book proves it. . . A gorgeous book recommended for all libraries in need of more Spanish-language picture book biographies.”—School Library Journal