Venezuela: A Country Founded on European and African Influences

By- Erika Semprun

Venezuela, located in the northern region of South America, is known for its delicious cuisine and melodious music! Venezuela’s traditional foods, popular for their unforgettable herbs and spices, go back hundreds and hundreds of years. During the colonization of the new world, the natives of Venezuela created recipes and dishes from foods left over by Spanish conquistadors. With leftover portions of beef, pork, and chicken, unique dishes such as sancocho and hallaca were created!

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¡Lorenza, bájate del perro!: A Tale of Mischief

By- Erika Semprun

¡Lorenza, bájate del perro!, written by Toño Malpica and illustrated by Manuel Monroy, tells the tale of a father and his mischievous child. The protagonist, who continuously attempts to discipline his daughter, finds himself torn between being stern and compassionate. There’s no doubt that raising a rebellious daughter is an ongoing journey; however, the protagonist finds the company of his playful child worth every battle. ¡Lorenza, bájate del perro!  tells the honest tale of a parent’s daily routine: although children may misbehave, there’s nothing as wonderful as being a parent.

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