Cypress Park Branch brings you Antonio Sacre!
Antonio Sacre is an internationally touring storyteller, writer, and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. He has been a featured storyteller at the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, and museums, schools, libraries, and festivals worldwide.
His recordings have won numerous national awards, and his retelling of the story The Barking Mouse was published as a picture book by Albert Whitman and Company in March 2003. In 2003, Sacre's first children’s book, The Barking Mouse, was published by Albert Whitman and Company. It has fast become a staple in many classrooms and libraries in the United States because of its humor, multicultural message, and emphasis on the importance of speaking other languages. His latest book is A Mango in the Hand. Francisco is finally old enough to journey to the mango grove all by himself to gather the mangoes for a special dinner. But bees swarm the fruit, and Francisco has trouble picking them from the tree. He returns to his father several times, and each time his father shares a different proverb to inspire Francisco to continue trying. "Querer es poder. Where there's a will, there's a way!" Finally, Francisco is able to gather some mangoes, and on his way home he stops to visit his uncle, grandmother, and aunt. Francisco shares his mangoes with them, and by the time he gets home he no longer has any! "Es mejor dar que recibir. Sometimes it's better to give than to receive." I love reading these books to the children because there is such a great message along with a great story that kids remember. I have children come up to me weeks after I have read the story asking me for the books. I'm very excited to have Antonio Sacre visit our branch. For more information about this wonderful author & storyteller go to www.antoniosacre.com (book references and author bio taken from website) Special Thanks to the Cypress Park Branch Friends of the Library for providing this wonderful program!