There's a Coqui in
My Shoe! is
written by Pennsylvania author Marisa de Jesus Paolicelli and illustrated
by Arizona artist Tanja Bauerle. The book is published by Chi Chi Rodriguez
Books, a company under the auspices of the famous golfer dedicated to
picture books for children of all backgrounds that celebrate the color and
culture of Puerto Rico.
In this story, a young boy named Armando surprisingly discovers a coquí in
his red shoe. Carlito the Coquí is lost and cannot find his way home to the
rain forest. Armando befriends Carlito and anxiously waits for the
following day to accompany his mother, Lola, to sell their pushcart of
piraguas to Puerto Rican children. The book is full of yummy tastes, bright
colors, and dramatic sounds, and in breathtaking illustrations, splendidly
captures the vibrant color, culture, flora, and fauna of the island. Here's
an educational and entertaining lesson, not only on Puerto Rico's beloved
amphibian, the Eleutherodactylus coqui, but also on Puerto Rico's
environment, geography, history and culture.
The entire book is filled
with the wonderful, colorful illustrations of Tanja Bauerle. There
are also several appendices with references, other fun facts and a complete
list of the 17 known species of coquís. (Yes! A new one has recently been identified and named, and is included in the second printing of the book.)
Perfect for a home or
school library. For children ages 5 - 12.
Now you can
read the story with our little coqui
This book won BEST
EDUCATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK - ENGLISH at the 10th Annual
International Latino Book Awards. In
addition, it tied for 2nd Place in the category of BEST
CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK - ENGLISH. The awards were presented
during Book Expo America (the largest book expo in the country) on May
29, 2008, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. These
awards honor literary excellence in a variety of categories.