Elena's Story by Nancy Shaw
(Tales of the World)

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Elena lives near a small town in western Guatemala. She lives there with her mother, her younger brother, Luis, and her baby sister, Ana. Her father is far away, working on a plantation. Elena struggles to keep up in school. Her teacher says she needs to practice her reading, but it's hard to find time to read. She must help her mother with the cooking and housework, as well as the hard work of planting and weeding their garden. As the big sister Elena is also in charge of watching over Luis to keep him out of mischief. It isn't always easy and she gets impatient with her little brother. But at the end of the day, when Elena shares a book with Luis, carefully sounding out the words, she comes to better understand and appreciate her role in the family.

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Nancy Shaw and Catriona Strang first met at the collective of the Kootenay School of Writing, and their collaborative work has appeared in many magazines, most recently in Big Allis and Raddle moon. Catriona Strang's Low fancy and Nancy Shaw's Scoptocratic were both published by ECW Press in 1993; they have also published several collaborative chapbooks. Catriona Strang lives in Vancouver, and Nancy Shaw is dividing her time between Vancouver, Montreal and New York. Kristina Rodanas has illustrated several picture books, including The Story of Blue Elk by Gerald Hausman and her own retelling of The Dragonfly's Tale, both for Clarion. She lives in Orleans, Massachusetts.
Published June 25, 2012 by Sleeping Bear Press. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Elena attends school and is trying to learn to read in Spanish, but she finds it hard to find time to practice reading when she needs to help her mother with cooking, child care and gardening.

Aug 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Elena's Story (Tales of the W...


"Elena's Story" by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Kristina Rodanas is a touching story of a young girl, her mother and her two siblings.

Nov 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Elena's Story (Tales of the W...

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