Elena by Diane Stanley

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A Mexican American girl recounts how her mother moved the family to America during the Mexican Revolution.

About Diane Stanley

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Diane Stanley was born in 1943 and was raised in Abilene, Texas. She later attended both Trinity University and Johns Hopkins University. Her portfolio of children's book illustrations was creative enough for her to begin publication in 1978. She became an art director for G.P. Putnam & Sons and later began retelling and illustrating classic children's books. Stanley has revamped the fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter and has also researched the children's biographies Cleopatra and Leonardo Da Vinci. She also illustrated her mother's book, The Last Princess.
Published April 1, 1996 by Hyperion (Juv). 55 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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While they concentrate on singing and embroidery, Elena studies secretly with a priest and learns to love books and ""master the magic of numbers."" Later, she refuses her father's attempts to marry her to a landowner's son and is finally given permission to marry her true love.

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