Galápagos Girl / Galapagueña

By: Marsha Diane Arnold

Illustrator: Angela Dominguez

Valentina swims with pingüinos and climbs over lava rocks with iguanas marinas. Inspired by the childhood of one of the first permanent inhabitants of las islas Galápagos.

Author’s note. Note on the Galápagos Islands. Facts about Galápagos animals. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations rendered in pencil with digital color.

ISBN: 9780892394135

JLG Release: Mar 2019


Language: Spanish
Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Valentina Cruz (1971- ) , Childhood and youth , Animals , Galápagos Islands , Wildlife conservation , Endemic species , Bilingual Spanish language materials

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This bilingual (English and Spanish) picture-book biography chronicles the early life of biologist Valentina Cruz. Born in 1971 on Floreana, a Galápagos Island, Cruz spends much of her childhood exploring the flora and fauna around her home. Readers accompany Cruz on an introductory tour of Floreana, brought to vivid life through illustrator Domin This bilingual (English and Spanish) picture-book biography chronicles the early life of biologist Valentina Cruz. Born in 1971 on Floreana, a Galápagos Island, Cruz spends much of her childhood exploring the flora and fauna around her home. Readers accompany Cruz on an introductory tour of Floreana, brought to vivid life through illustrator Dominguez’s digitally colored pencil illustrations of Galápagos penguins, sea lions, and the famous Galápagos tortoises. When Cruz’s father informs her of the reality of extinction that many of these animals face, she vows to do what she can to keep them safe. Upon completing her education (at the University of Havana, per the appended author’s note), Cruz comes home to lead nature excursions for visitors and shares her appreciation of the island with them; according to the author’s note, that’s how Arnold met Cruz and was inspired to tell her story. The book adopts the English-to-Spanish bilingual model throughout (including back matter), and translation of the text and its grammar are concise and accurate, making the story accessible for English-speakers and English-language learners alike. With its vibrant illustrations and engaging text about a true galapagueña, the volume shows that Cruz has kept her promise to her beloved Floreana all these years. monica tapia boyer

Book Details

ISBN

9780892394135

First Release

March 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD700L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Lee & Low

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Valentina Cruz (1971- ), Childhood and youth, Animals, Galápagos Islands, Wildlife conservation, Endemic species, Bilingual Spanish language materials,

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