Welcome back to Lamon Reviews. Today is our stop on the blog tour for THE MIRABAL SISTERS: FROM CATERPILLARS TO BUTTERFLIES by Raynelda A. Calderon.
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Of all the stories you could have told, why the Mirabal sisters?
Because there is no other book written about the Mirabal Sisters! Except for Julia Alvarez’s book “In the Time of the Butterflies” which is adult fiction, there isn’t a book for children about the sisters in whose honor, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed annually on November 25.
Because I feel that Latin children would want to read about their roots. Because parents would want their children to learn about their culture and history. Because we need more books in schools and libraries that tell the stories of unsung female heroes from Latin America.
Because remembering the story of the Mirabal sisters every 25th of November means much more than narrating the story of how this specific date came to be chosen. It is about re-claiming the real lesson of the life and death of the three Dominican sisters.
They were ordinary women with a lot to lose who didn’t set out to become legends. But they are. And in my book, I want people to get to know the sisters beyond the martyr and iconic intonation that is usually associated with them. They were young and educated. They had dreams, career ambitions, and landowners’ privileges. They had families with husbands and children.
And lastly, I wrote this book because I would like readers to see the surviving sister, Dedé, as the fourth butterfly. Dedé didn’t lose her life but she lost her sisters and, sometimes, losing the people you love is like dying too.
Book Title: The Mirabal Sisters: From Caterpillars to Butterflies by Raynelda A. Calderon
Category: Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12)
Genre: Children’s Book
Publisher: Cayena Press, Inc., 48 pages
Release date: March 2022
Content Rating: G. Suitable for all readers.
Born in a small town in the Dominican Republic, the Mirabal sisters lived at a time when the country was under the merciless rule of a dictatorship. Their deaths on November 25, 1960 (at ages 36, 34, and 25), have received international coverage. In their honor, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed annually on November 25.
Raynelda A. Calderón, a Dominican native who lives in Queens, NY, is a children’s book author who has worked in public libraries for more than 15 years. She holds a doctorate in leadership in higher education, and she has taught Information Literacy at various colleges, most recently at Bronx Community College. As a librarian, working with children inspires Raynelda to write about the accomplishments of Hispanic women in history. She hopes to inspire young readers to follow their passions and never take no for an answer. Raynelda is the creator of the first Hispanic Heritage wall calendar that honors the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans in the United States. She lives with an untamed Shih Tzu, Toby, and a much attached Chihuahua, Maya. She spends her free time thinking (and drafting) about books to write, or painting, crocheting, or crying over abused dogs.
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Now I’d like to hear from you.
I love the idea of introducing young readers to historic figures that have impacted our world. Teaching readers about social justice topics like violence against women and the icons that brought it to worlds attention is important.
I also learned that the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed annually on November 25.
What are your thoughts on THE MIRABAL SISTERS: FROM CATERPILLARS TO BUTTERFLIES by Raynelda A. Calderon. Let us know with a comment below.
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