Shearn Library had a special visitor Tuesday morning, February 21. Bilingual author Mara Price presented her writing process to our 4th graders for her book “Grandma’s Chocolate: El Chocolate de Abuelita,” which was published in 2010 by Houston publisher Pinata Press/Arte Publico. The book is a combination of nonfiction and fiction with lots of great information about the Mayan, Olmec, and Aztec cultures as well as traditions of modern Mexico. The fictional story focuses on a visit by Sabrina’s Mexican grandmother who brings gifts from Mexico and tells her all about Mexican traditions including how chocolate is made.
The students loved hearing from a published author and asked great questions such as what was the inspiration for her book, how long it took to write the book, and how did she react when she found out the book was accepted for publication. Each student in attendance received a copy of this beautiful book as well as a ream of notebook paper for them to write their own stories and create their own illustrations.
This special presentation was provided by Arte Publico/Pinata Press, the publishing house for bilingual children’s books at University of Houston. Special thanks to Marina Tristan, Assistant Director of Arte Publico.