Elena’s Serenade

Yay Perfect Picture Book Friday is back! Before I get stuck in, the lucky winner of Unending Devotion is:

Michelle D. Evans!

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Here’s a picture book I read at the beginning of summer:

Elena’s Serenade written by Campbell Geeslin and illustrated by Ana Juan.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, March 2004, Fiction
Suitable for: Pre-school to Grade 2
Themes/Topics: Being imaginative, empowering girls, equality, being strong and adventurous.


In Mexico the sun is called el sol,

and the moon is called la luna.

I am called Elena.

Synopsis: (Simon and Schuster) Who ever heard of a girl glassblower?

In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called Elena wants to blow into a long pipe…and make bottles appear, like magic.

But girls can’t be glassblowers. Or can they?

Join Elena on her fantastic journey to Monterrey — home of the great glassblowers! — in an enchanting story filled with magic realism.

Activities: Activities about equality, Lots of resources to empower girls, blog post and activities, learn about Mexico on Teacher Planet.

This really is a beautiful story, so rich in culture and beautiful words.

Have a great weekend and thanks for the spontaneous dance party on FB yesterday. 12×12 rock!

29 thoughts on “Elena’s Serenade

  1. The illustration on the cover is gorgeous. I love it. And the story sounds lovely. Even though my kids are more into chapter books and novels, I may have to see if my library has this and check it out.

  2. Ooh, this sounds really good, Catherine! I’ve never seen a picture book that had anything to do with glassblowers – never mind girl ones – so what a great topic! Love the cover and opening sentence. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love stories that encourage imagination, and empower girls. This sounds like a winner! Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Catherine! (even though you had to wait and wait to be able to do so!)

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