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Clara and the Curandera / Clara y la curandera by Monica Brown

Clara and the Curandera / Clara y la curandera by Monica Brown

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“Once there was a little girl named Clara, who was grumpy.” She was grumpy about having to take out the trash, having to share her toys with her seven brothers and sisters, and having to read one book a week for school.

And Mami is tired of Clara’s grumpy face, so she sends her daughter to the curandera—or healer—to ask for help. The curandera gives Clara a list of things to do in the coming week: take out her own trash and the neighbors’ as well; give all of her favorite toys to her brothers and sisters; and read five books instead of one!

It’s a difficult, busy week for Clara. But, her neighbors are grateful for her help, and give her hugs. Her siblings are so happy that they are extra nice to her and invite her to play with them. She has fun jumping rope, playing checkers and soccer. Her mother takes her to the library to check out books and she reads lots of interesting things. When the week is over, Clara realizes that she has not had time to feel grumpy. Could it be that helping others makes her feel … happy?

In this winning bilingual picture book written by award-winning author Monica Brown and vividly illustrated by Thelma Muraida, children ages 4 – 8 will cheer for Clara as she learns to focus on others rather than herself.
“Once there was a little girl named Clara, who was grumpy.” She was grumpy about having to take out the trash, having to share her toys with her seven brothers and sisters, and having to read one book a week for school.

And Mami is tired of Clara’s grumpy face, so she sends her daughter to the curandera—or healer—to ask for help. The curandera gives Clara a list of things to do in the coming week: take out her own trash and the neighbors’ as well; give all of her favorite toys to her brothers and sisters; and read five books instead of one!

It’s a difficult, busy week for Clara. But, her neighbors are grateful for her help, and give her hugs. Her siblings are so happy that they are extra nice to her and invite her to play with them. She has fun jumping rope, playing checkers and soccer. Her mother takes her to the library to check out books and she reads lots of interesting things. When the week is over, Clara realizes that she has not had time to feel grumpy. Could it be that helping others makes her feel … happy?

In this winning bilingual picture book written by award-winning author Monica Brown and vividly illustrated by Thelma Muraida, children ages 4 – 8 will cheer for Clara as she learns to focus on others rather than herself.

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P i ñ a t a B o o k s

A r t e P ú b l i c o P r e s s
H o u s t o n , T e x a s
Publication of Clara and the Curandera is funded by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. We are grateful for their
support.
Esta edición de Clara y la curandera ha sido subvencionada por la Ciudad de Houston por medio del Houston Arts Alliance. Les agradecemos su
apoyo.
¡Piñata Books están llenos de sorpresas!
Piñata Books are full of surprises!
Piñata Books
An Imprint of Arte Público Press
University of Houston
452 Cullen Performance Hall
Houston, Texas 77204-2004
Cover design by / Diseño de la portada por Mora Des!gn
Brown, Monica, 1969-.
Clara and the Curandera / by Monica Brown; illustrations by Thelma Muraida; Spanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura = Clara y la
curandera / por Monica Brown; ilustraciones de Thelma Muraida; traducción al español de Gabriela Baeza Ventura.
p. cm.
English and Spanish.
Summary: Clara's grumpiness leads her mother to take her to a neighbor who is a curandera, or healer, and although she is puzzled by her
“treatment,” Clara dutifully helps her neighbors, is kind to her siblings and reads more books for a week.
ISBN 978-1-55885-700-1 (alk. paper)
[1. Behavior—Fiction. 2. Healers—Fiction. 3. Family life—Fiction. 4. Spanish language materials—Bilingual.] I. Muraida, Thelma, ill.
II. Ventura, Gabriela Baeza. III. Title. IV. Title: Clara y la curandera.
PZ73.B68562 2011
[E]—dc222010054216
CIP
The paper used in this publication meets the requirements of the American National Standard for Permanence of Paper for Printed Library
Materials Z39.48-1984.
Text Copyright © 2011 by Monica Brown
Illustrations Copyright © 2011 by Thelma Muraida
Printed in Hong Kong in April 2011–June 2011 by Paramount Printing
12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
To my sweet nephew Noah
—MB
To Daniel, Graciela, Laura and Danny, with love
—TM
Para mi encantador sobrino Noah
—MB
Con cariño para Daniel, Graciela, Laura y Danny
—TM
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Monica Brown is the author of numerous award-winning books for children, including Pablo
Neruda: Poet of the People (Henry Holt & Co., 2011), Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and
César Chávez / Lado a lado: La historia de Dolores Huerta y César Chávez (Rayo/HarperCollins, 2010),
Butterflies on Carmen Street / Mariposas en la calle Carmen (Piñata Books, 2007) and My Name Is
Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz / Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising, 2004), winner of the
Américas Award for Children’s Literature and named a Pura Belpré Honor Book. When she is not
writing, she teaches Latino/a literature at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Monica Brown es autora de un sinnúmero de libros infantiles reconocidos como, Pablo Neruda:
Poet of the People (Henry Holt & Co., 2011), Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César
Chávez / Lado a lado: La historia de Dolores Huerta y César Chávez (Rayo/HarperCollins, 2010),
Butterflies on Carmen Street / Mariposas en la calle Carmen (Piñata Books, 2007) y My Name Is Celia:
The Life of Celia Cruz / Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising, 2004), ganador del Américas Award para literatura
infantil y nombrado Pura Belpré Honor Book. Cuando no está escribiendo, Monica enseña literatura latina de los Estados
Unidos en Northern Arizona University en Flagstaff.
Thelma Muraida is an accomplished designer and artist. She has designed several book covers and
illustrated articles for national publications. Her unique combination of skills enables her to work
across a broad range of art, illustration, design media and print publications. She currently lives in
San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. Art, music and dance are always alive in their
home, and their three children have grown to appreciate and incorporate it well into their lives.
Thelma Muraida es una diseñadora y artista consumada. Ha diseñado varias portadas e
ilustrado artículos para publicaciones nacionales. Su combinación única de destrezas le permite
trabajar con un amplio número de publicaciones, arte, ilustraciones y diseño. En la actualidad
vive en San Antonio, Texas, con su esposo y sus dos perros. El arte, la música y el baile siempre
están presentes en su hogar, y sus tres hijos lo han apreciado e incorporado en sus vidas.

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