Isabel Allende: Recuerdos para un cuento / Isabel Allende: Memories for a Story
by Raquel Benatar
Illustrated by Fernando Molinari
English translation by Patricia Petersen
Published: 31 May 2004
Age Group: 6-9
An informative bilingual biography for children.Look Inside
8 in stock
Isabel was a lonely girl. She would hide in the basement of her grandparents’ home in Santiago, Chile. In that dark and musty space, she played among the aged family photos and abandoned furniture. Among the cobwebs, the young Isabel read dust-covered books, through which she discovered the silken threads of fantastical stories, threads that would one day inform the novels of a legendary writer.
Isabel Allende: Recuerdos para un cuento/Isabel Allende: Memories for a Story gives readers a glimpse of Isabel Allende’s childhood influences. Benatar offers a vivid picture of a unique childhood: bewitched by the séances of her grandmother, enlivened by her own adventurous spirit, and haunted by the silence that descended upon the house after the death of a loved one. With the passage of time, Isabel became the keeper of the family memories, memories that come alive in her writing.
This intriguing bilingual picture book not only introduces young readers to the life of an important author of our time but also demonstrates how they, too, can use their experiences to write their own family stories.
Isabel Allende is the author of Retrato en sepia (Rayo, 2001), Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses (HarperCollins, 1998), Daughter of Fortune (Harper Collins, 1999), Paula (HarperCollins, 1996), De amor y de sombra(HarperCollins,1995), El plan infinito (Harper Collins, 1995), Cuentos de Eva Luna (HarperCollins, 1995), and The House of the Spirits (Random House, Inc., 1985).
“An excellent introduction to Allende and a look at the roots of the creative process”-School Library Journal
Award-winning author RAQUEL BENATAR was born in Morocco and spent a good part of her life in Madrid, Spain. Her rich cultural heritage and her vast experience as a child psychologist have inspired her to write children’s books about the lives of extraordinary people of Hispanic origin such as Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Rigoberta Menchu, among others. She is also the author and editor of the series Legends of the Americas. Raquel Benatar lives in the East Coast and and her books have been published in Spain, Mexico and the United States. With her book Go, Milka, Go! Raquel was awarded First Place in the Young Adult Sports/Recreation Category at the International Latino Book Awards, 2009, presented by Latino Literacy Now.
Accelerated Reader Quiz #112188 | ATOS English: 5.2 | ATOS Spanish: 5.3 | ATOS Interest Level: Lower Grade