Poniatowska, Elena. La vendedora de nubes. Clouds for Sale. ISBN: 978-1499244564 $14.95

This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses. This book is part of Floricanto's Children's and Juvenile Book Collection.

A little girl had a dream that became a reality: a beautiful cloud that followed her everywhere. One morning she decided she had to sell her pet cloud, because her family was very poor. She led the cloud to the farmers’ market and started calling out “Cloud for Sale!” A lot of customers came by, but they all wanted to use the cloud for their own purposes. Choosing a new owner for the cloud was not an easy task. Who do you think took off with the cloud? 

The author: In 2014 Elena Poniatowska Amor was honored with the Cervantes Award, the most prestigious international prize for literature written in Spanish, which is sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize for literature in Spanish. Elena was born in Paris, France, May 19, 1932, and moved to Mexico when she was 10 years old. She has written several children’s stories and more than 50 books for adults, many of them translated into English, including Massacre in Mexico, Dear Diego, Tinísima, and Nothing, nobody, the voices of the Earthquake. She has won the Alfaguara Literary Prize, the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, and the Seix Barral Prize. In 2002, Elena was awarded the National Prize of Arts and Sciences, the highest given to an intellectual in Mexico. In the U.S., she has received the Mary Moors Cabot Award for Journalism in 2004 and the International Women Media Foundation Award in 2006. She is an Officer of the French Legion d’Honneur, and she has received honorary doctorates from more than five universities.

 

The illustrator: Rafael Barajas Durán (El Fisgón) was born in Mexico in 1956. He received a university degree as an architect, but at the age of 20 he turned his attention to drawing cartoons. He has drawn political cartoons for the Mexico City newspaper La Jornada since 1984. He established the magazine El Chamuco in 2006, and continues to serve as its co-director and contributor. He has received several prestigious awards, including the National Journalism Award in 1999. He has illustrated more than 20 children’s books, including another one by Elena Poniatowska, Sansimonsi. He is both the author and illustrator of several children’s books, including ¿Me planchas mi elefante, por favor?, and Mi mascota es una bacteria. One of his books has been translated into English: How to Succeed at Globalization: A Primer for the Roadside Vendor.

 

The translator: Kay (Kayla) S. García is Professor of Spanish in the School of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University. She is the author of Broken Bars: New Perspectives from Mexican Women Writers (University of New Mexico Press, 1994) and Latino and Latina Leaders of the Twenty-first Century (Floricanto Press, 2013). Her published work includes several translations of short stories and poems, as well as five book-length literary translations: Mourning for Papá: A Story of a Syrian-Jewish Family in Mexico (Los dolientes by Jacobo Sefamí); Paletitas de guayaba/On a Train Called Absence, co-translated with the author, Erlinda Gonzales-Berry; When I was a Horse and Other Stories (collection of stories by Brianda Domecq); The Astonishing Story of the Saint of Cabora (La insólita historia de la Santa de Cabora by Brianda Domecq); and Eleven Days (Once días . . . y algo más, by Brianda Domecq).