Una de las novelas más famosas del escritor colombiano Gabriel García Márquez es sin lugar a dudas El amor en los tiempos del cólera. Publicada en 1985, el autor se inspiró en la historia de amor de sus padres para escribir una historia en la que el amor es el centro de la trama.
By Ángela Padrón.
Each year, many movies and plays are produced that are based on literature. In fact, more than two thirds of movies nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award have been derived from a book. So it’s no surprise that in the last year, several movies came out based on children’s books. One of the authors whose written words have come to life the most is Roald Dahl. From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to The Fantastic Mr. Fox, to Matilda and James and the Giant Peach, Dahl’s fantastic and whimsical stories have shined on the big screen and stage for decades.
A New Title in Santillana’s
Biographical Best-selling Series
Conoce a Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
(Get to Know Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz)
BISAC: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
Ever since she was a little girl in Mexico, Juana Inés de la Cruz showed great interest in books and learning. And that was back when women were not usually allowed to study! Juana decided to become a nun to be able to read and learn all that she wanted. But that wasn’t the only thing she achieved: she also wrote a lot and even ended up publishing several books. Today, centuries later, her works are still read and studied, and she is considered one of the most important Spanish-language writers of all time.
This endearing chapter book is about a cheerful little girl named Dani, who has been waiting all summer to start school. Dani lives a happy life, but as the start of the school year approaches, she begins to wonder whether things will change. Will she like her new teacher? Will she make friends? She soon meets Frida and they become best friends, but when Frida moves away to another city, Dani fears she will never find happiness again. The story unfolds in 20 short chapters. The black and white illustrations complement the beautiful narrative. The difficult subjects are handled gracefully, allowing children to understand events in their lives and how to cope with them.
About the Author and Illustrator
Rose Lagercrantz is a Swedish author who writes for children and adults. Her work has translated into English, German, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. She has received many of the top Swedish literary awards including the August Prize (1995) and Astrid Lindgren Prize (1979).
Eva Eriksson is the author and illustrator of many books for young readers. She was the recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Prize (2001). Ms. Eriksson lives in Sweden.
Awards & Recognitions
Praise for My Happy Life
If only all early chapter books were this beautifully conceived.
A chapter book about childhood depression paradoxically delivers a very happy reading experience.
The clarity and simplicity of the writing are balanced by the verve and finesse of Eriksson’s captivating illustrations.
Lagercrantz knows how to engage children right off the bat . . . This is a sweet, but not saccharine, drama of friendship and family, a universal tale I’m happy to see available here for American readers.
"Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different."
- Stephen King
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