Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
When she came to America in 1921, Pura carried the cuentos folklóricos of her Puerto Rican homeland. Finding a new home at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she turned her popular stories into libros and spread story seeds across the land. Today, these seeds have grown into a lush landscape as generations of children and cuentistas continue to share her stories and celebrate Pura’s legacy.
This portrait of the influential librarian, author, and puppeteer reminds us of the power of storytelling and the extraordinary woman who opened doors and championed bilingual literature
The First Puerto Rican Librarian in New York
PLANTING STORIES teaches about the "story seeds" Pura Belpre planted during her time and how they influenced today's world. Pura Belpre was the first Puerto Rican Librarian in New York. She was also an amazing storyteller and she wanted to share them with everyone around the world. It goes through Pura's life and how her words will always live on.
When Pura started working at the library, she was surprised to find not one Puerto Rican story, but that would change. Pura brought in diversity the libraries needed and her story is one we need to hear today. With how important diversity is to our society, Pura was incredible for spreading a variety of stories for children to learn from.
Diversity is an important part of life and it would be boring if everyone was the same. Pura's work goes to show you how stories and books can help things for the better. The illustrations are gorgeous and the details are realistic.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of libraries, history, storytellers, and the Latino culture.