Pieza a pieza: El obsequio de Ernestine para el presidente Roosevelt

Lerner/Millbrook. Aug. 2024. 32p. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9798765644034. SP .
Gr 1-3–Beautiful objects can come from unassuming materials, and this book proves it. Ernestine Guerrero grew up in Texas during the early years of the 20th century. With little schooling experience, she apprenticed with her carpenter father. When the Great Depression hit, the family lost their livelihood, and became one of the many families standing in line for government assistance. Guerrero was so grateful to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that she wanted to make something special to thank him for the New Deal. Using the pine boxes her family received with food and provisions, she set a goal for herself to make him an ornate clock box. With hard work and while learning from her mistakes, she completed a beautiful gift made entirely from humble materials. The girl could never have imagined that her present would one day end up at the FDR Library and Museum for generations to admire. In this inspiring true story, the soft pencil illustrations are delicate in appearance, lending the art a vintage feel. Back matter features an author’s note with a photo of Guerrero and the reproduction of her letter, a selected bibliography, source notes, and glossary.
VERDICT A gorgeous book recommended for all libraries in need of more Spanish-language picture book biographies.

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