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Did you know there was a Spaniard that helped win the Revolutionary War? Who? Bernardo de Gálvez, that’s who. He was the Governor of Louisiana and he helped George Washington win Florida, (which had been taken by the British), aboard his ship, the Galveztown. The city of Galveston, Texas, was named that way in his honor (same name, just “the way it sounded ... in Spanish”). Later, he went on to participate in the Battle of Yorktown, for which he persuaded the people of Málaga, Spain, to send money. They did indeed send money, the same they had saved to build the cathedral in that town. As a result, that building was left with only one tower, for which it’s usually referred to as the ‘one-armed church’. These are the kind of interesting bits of history you can find in this book, based on the real story of Teresa Valcarce, who helped make the politicians at the Capitol keep the centuries old promise to hang a portrait of Bernardo de Gálvez. ~ Reviewed by Adriana Gómez Piccolo
Philosophical & poetic at once, this picture book shows two children seemingly different, who ask the same kind of questions about themselves & others. It shows us that maybe we are not as different as we seem to be... Wonderful message with great illustrations. ~ Reviewed by Adriana Gómez Piccolo
Chockfull of vibrant illustrations, this fridge-shaped board book will keep kids engaged through a wonderful array of food terms. The refrigerator shelves are bursting with foods that seem to come to life. A great combination of funny & educational elements. ~ Reviewed by Adriana Gómez Piccolo
Bourdain delivers a wonderful cookbook, with his tried and true recipes, the ones he makes for friends and family. Each recipe is introduced with a hilarious paragraph or two, sometimes even a little essay about subjects like discussing the problem with club sandwiches (hint: it’s not the bacon), or which ingredients should not be included in a burger. The book even includes a detailed plan of attack for Thanksgiving preparation. With unique pictures and perfectly explained instructions, this book is sure to leave Bourdain fans satiated. Bon Appétit! ~ Reviewed by Adriana Gómez Piccolo
Kate Battista is young but her life is full of responsibilities; she takes care of the household, her sister Bunny and her absent minded scientist father. As if this was not enough, the pressure is on after her father involves her in a crazy plan to save Pyotr, his lab assistant, from deportation. A modern version of the “Taming of the Shrew”, this book’s characters will stay with you long after you finish reading it. ~ Reviewed by Adriana Gómez Piccolo