A young girl learns an important lesson about sharing and helping
others in this engaging bilingual picture book for children
"Once there was a little girl named Clara, who was grumpy."
She was grumpy about having to take out the trash, having to share her toys
with her seven brothers and sisters, and having to read one book a week for
And Mami is tired of Clara’s grumpy face, so she sends her daughter to
the curandera—or healer—to ask for help. The curandera gives Clara a list of
things to do in the coming week: take out her own trash and the neighbors’ as
well; give all of her favorite toys to her brothers and sisters; and read five
books instead of one!
It’s a difficult, busy week for Clara. But, her neighbors are grateful
for her help, and give her hugs. Her siblings are so happy that they are extra
nice to her and invite her to play with them. She has fun jumping rope, playing
checkers and soccer. Her mother takes her to the library to check out books and
she reads lots of interesting things. When the week is over, Clara realizes
that she has not had time to feel grumpy. Could it be that helping others makes
her feel … happy?
this winning bilingual picture book written by award-winning author Monica
Brown and vividly illustrated by Thelma Muraida, children ages 4 – 8 will cheer
for Clara as she learns to focus on others rather than herself.
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