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Magdalena's Picnic (English/Spanish) Paperback – Large Print, December 15, 2014
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From School Library Journal
BLK-Gr 2—This is the story of a girl who goes on a picnic in the Amazon jungle with her friends, a purple tapir named Junior and a lively doll named Brigitte. As they search for the perfect lunch spot, Magdalena and her friends come across an array of animals, from swinging monkeys to bright macaws. As they travel, they encounter some of the dangers of the dark and mysterious jungle. Magdalena must act quickly when Junior is caught by a carnivorous plant, Brigitte is ensnared by a large anaconda, and they come face to face with a jaguar. When the big cat is revealed to be Magdalena's brother in disguise, the girl's imagination brings readers back to her backyard, where the adventure was taking place. Children will see the water hose that was the slithery anaconda and the sprinkler that became a waterfall. As Magdalena and her friends enjoy their picnic at last, readers realize the power of imagination. The colorful illustrations bring the jungle and its inhabitants to life. Informative background information about the Amazon jungle and the animals Magdalena and her friends encounter accompanies the book, and will help to encourage tomorrow's adults to help conserve this part of the wild. VERDICT A great choice to inspire young readers to use their imagination, to learn, and to help build a better tomorrow.—Selenia Paz, Helen Hall Library, League City, TX
About the Author
Author: Patricia Aguilar Morrissey grew up in Lima, Peru and has travelled extensively in her own country as well as in Mexico. Patricia has a graduate degree in biology and has taught both science and Spanish for many years. She has published Spanish language workbooks and is now focusing on bilingual children’s stories. She strongly believes that young children should be exposed to science and diverse cultures at an early age. Patricia is an active SCBWI member and now lives in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to teach, write and enjoy the outdoors. Illustrator: Gretchen Deahl is an artist by temperament, an illustrator by trade and a children’s picture book lover by passion. Throughout her 32+ year career, she has created art for books, magazines, newspapers, and online media covering diverse topics such as real estate advertising, healthcare, children’s literacy, and fine art prints for children and adults.
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