Monday, January 30, 2017

I have learned...

I have learned to be humble when success cover me
I have learned to keep my feet on the ground even though I have my head on the moon.
I have learned to be grateful even in the worst of times
I have learned to love myself when others harmed me
I have learned to smile when tears are in my soul
I have learned to say thank you even to the smallest gesture
I have learned to wipe my tears while struggling through difficult times
I have learned to be strong when all I want is to collapse
I have learned to keep going because tomorrow is a brand new day                                               
      Tere Rodriguez-Nora

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review of the book The Rules of Ever After

The author of this book is Killian B. Brewer. Killian began writing at 15 years old. Coming from a family where telling a good story was the best way to communicate, he developed a love for story telling. The Rules of Ever After(2015)is his first novel. His second one is Lunch With the Do-Nothings at the Tammy Dinette(2017).


Beautiful fairy tale of two young princes involve in a gay romance that will captivate lovers of all kind. Both, living in a kingdom (kingdoms of Clarameer) rule by old-fashioned traditions, know they have to fight against it to get what they want for their future and the happily ever after they are searching for. Through different adventures dealing with dissatisfied princesses, revengeful kings, and nosy fairies they learn important things about love, life, and family.

This book has touch me as an aunt of a lesbian woman, as a human being, and as a person who believes every human kind is special in their own particular way. Every kid that is going through the hard process of coming out and/or every parent/guardian who is helping their kid in this difficult process should read this book. 

LGBT kids and teens should know that everyone is entitled to have their own fairy tale!

This review is part of the Multicultural Children's Books Day, to be celebrate on January 27. You can follow it on Facebook
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Review of the book The Legend of Roberto Cofresí, a Puerto Rican hero/La leyenda de Roberto Cofresí, un héroe puertorriqueño

The author of this book is Janet Balleta She was born in Brooklyn from Colombian and Puerto Rican parents. She currently lives in Florida where she works as a bilingual kindergarten teacher. Inspired by her family, she wrote her first book, The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid(2013). She wrote her second book,The Legend of Roberto Cofresí, a Puerto Rican hero in 2015. Janet is an award winning author of the Mariposa Award from the International Latino Books Awards(2015), the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards for Cultural Diversity(2016), and the International Latino Book Awards for Best Latino Focused Book. Janet likes to write bilingually and she hopes that her book will inspire children to appreciate bilingualism and multicultural literature.


Which child would not like a good pirate story? The book The legend of Roberto Cofresí has more than a good one. This beautiful picture book captives the story of Roberto Cofresí, a Puerto Rican corsair that lived on the island back in the 1800s. The story is about two brothers who live in Florida. One day they asked their father to read them a story. He decided to read about the legend of Roberto Cofresí. After that day, the boys love to play pretending to be corsairs that embark in different adventures and search for hidden treasures.
Every page of this charming book captures the reader attention, taking them through all the adventures of this corsair. The legend tells about the corsair’s beginnings as well as how he brought back to help the Puerto Rican people. Also, it tells us about treasures that have never been found.
At the end of every written page, the dad answers a question of one of the kids. These questions relate to some word they don’t know the meaning of. This is a great technique used by the author to introduce the reader to new words and expand their vocabulary. 
This book would definitely spark a kid imagination while he/she learn about a Puerto Rican legend and some new words too!
As a Puerto Rican and a lover of history, it was delightful for me to read this beautiful book about our beloved legend, Roberto Cofresí.

You can find this and her other books in Amazon

This review is part of the Multicultural Children's Books Day, to be celebrate on January 27. You can follow it on Facebook
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review of the beautiful book Grandma's Treasure/El tesoro de la abuela

Grandma's Treasure or El tesoro de la abuela in Spanish. 

The author of this book is Maritza M. Mejías. Maritza is an Award-Winning Author of the Crystal Apple Award(2006),the Virtue Christian Award(2015) and the International Latino Books Award(2016). Her published work includes: Hazel Eyes(2010),Vanilla and Chocolate(2012), Grandma's Treasure(2014),Poems,Thoughts and More(2015)and Ojos Avellana(2016). Maritza was born in Colombia. She likes to write in both English and Spanish. She writes to inspire people be better human beings. As said by her own words:"I write to inspire others to be good."


Lovely book of beautiful and simple illustrations, written in English and Spanish; that teaches us a good lesson: to value what we have and the importance of being thankful for it. All begins when the grandmother, when she noticed that her grand kids where arguing over some toys, left the room a little sad and angry. When the grandchildren find her, she shows them a box where she kept some things, only three. They were the things she most cherishes. She explains to them what each one represented. It is so that she teaches them that it is not important what one has but what that represents. An important lesson to learn: be grateful of what you have.

This review is part of the Multicultural Children's Books Day, to be celebrate on January 27. You can follow it on Facebook
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