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Sofia and the Purple Dress / Sofia Y El Vestido Morado Hardcover – May 31, 2012

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"A quinceanera and a special purple dress serve as an inspiration for a little girl to change her lifestyle with exercise and healthier foods. A combination of collage, acrylic and crayon delineate a richly bronze-toned and dark-haired Latino family in daily life, all shopping, playing and working together to reach a goal." --KIRKUS Review

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Gonzales Bertrand is the author of numerous books for children and teens. A native of San Antonio, Texas, she teaches writing at St. Mary's University, where she is Writer in Residence.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pinata Books; Bilingual edition (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155885701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558857018
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,327,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane Gonzales Bertrand has written stories and poems since childhood, but never saw books that connected to her own Mexican-American heritage. Fifteen years ago she found Arte Publico Press, a Houston publisher who welcomed her familia-friendly adult novels like Sweet Fifteen, Lessons of the Game, and Close to the Heart. Then Diane wrote the children's novel Alicia's Treasure and two award-winning novels for middle school students Trino's Choice, and Trino's Time.
Diane's published picture books Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup/ Caldo, Caldo, Caldo, Family, Familia, The Last Doll, Uncle Chente's Picnic, and The Empanadas that Abuela Made have all earned "Best Bilingual Book" Latino Literary Awards. Her collection of bilingual short stories, Upside Down and Backwards, earned Honorable Mention in the Paterson Prize for Young Adults. Other titles include Ricardo's Race/La carerra de Ricardo, We are Cousins/Somos Primos, a bilingual novel, The Ruiz Street Kids, winner of a 2009 Skipping Stones Award and a brand new book, The Party for Papa Luis, recently listed as a finalist for the 2010 Tejas Star Book Award. A new novel for teens, The F Factor, is now published. Both Adelita and the Veggie Cousins and Sofia and the Purple Dress are listed on the Tejas Star Reading lists. A new bilingual story collection for teens, There's a Name for this Feeling was published in July 2014. Upcoming bilingual picture books include Cecilia and Miguel are Best Friends (2014) and A Bean and Cheese Taco Birthday and The Story Circle in 2015.
Her picture books with Raven Tree Press include the award winning, My Pal Victor/mi amigo Victor, and The Park Our Town Built, finalist for the Teas Star Book Award.
Diane is Writer-in-Residence at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. She also loves to visit schools as an author and talk about her books, her family, and the importance of writing down our stories.

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By Pilar H on February 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Este libro ha permanecido entre los favoritos de mis hijas de 3 y 8 años por meses, Sofía y su familia se preparan para la fiesta de 15 de una prima, pero Sofía no cabe en el vestido que desea usar, el libro introduce la idea del ejercicio diario y una alimentación saludable de manera fantástica, sin sentirse forzado.
Mis hijas ahora caminan felices de la escuela a la casa, tal como Sofía.
Excelente para familias bilingues.
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