The Bakery Lady / La señora de la panadería


A new bilingual picture book by one of the best-known voices in Mexican American and children’s literature.

by Pat Mora
Illustrations by Pablo Torrecilla
Spanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura and Pat Mora

ISBN: 978-1-55885-343-0
Publication Date: October 31, 2001      
Pages: 32
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 3-7

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Mónica spends her life around a bakery, not just because she likes the sweets, but also because she loves her grandparents, the baker and the bakery lady.  She watches wide-eyed, as the pans slip in and out of the oven and in and out of the appreciative customer’s hands straight into their happy bellies.

In this colorful bilingual picture book, Mónica yearns to be a baker, like her grandparents.  Her first real test comes as she and her beloved grandparents prepare for the coming celebration of January sixth, Feast of the Three Kings, Día de los Reyes Magos.  When Mónica finds the baby in the round bread ring that shines with cherries and pecans, the Kings’ Ring, it becomes her responsibility to plan the celebration: invitations, decorations, and most important of all, the lemon cookies that Mónica will bake especially for her family and friends.  And although she wants to do it all herself, she realizes the love and help of family can make any job a joy.

Pat Mora once again weaves a tale rich with tradition in which we become active participants in the wonderfully sweet world of la panadería.  Children aged 3 to 7 will delight in the delicious sights and savory smells of the panadería and Mónica’s quest to be the next “Bakery Lady.”