Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, is pleased to announce the release of its latest publication, Untamed Dreams – Faces of America, which will be available for sale at our booth at “Dia de Portugal” Festival, at San Jose Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, California. For your convenience, you may also order it online at: http://portuguesebooks.org/books/untamed-dreams-faces-of-america/.
Untamed Dreams – Faces of America is designed as a 393 page semi-hard cover, profusely illustrated, limited edition book that brings together individual immigrant’s life stories that represent the qualities that have long distinguished the Portuguese community of California.
In today’s political climate in which immigration seems to be at the very center of our political discord, we are very proud to bring to you the profiles of individual immigrants, many of whom lived or are living very quiet lives away from the public eye, but whose actions, determination and caring character make every one of them a good example of the great human qualities that make America this very special place on earth.
Portuguese Heritage Publications is an all volunteer based, non-profit organization, created to research, preserve and disseminate for educational purposes, vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California.
Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc.
P.O. Box 32056
San Jose, CA 95152
By Phone: (408) 272-1222 or, email: email@example.com
I recently visited an elementary school in Marin County – site where Maria and the Lost Calf took place…..
Margarida Da Silva and I visited three different second grade classes throughout the day, and shared stories from the past… as they are studying Immigration, Pioneers, and more. Margarida shared how she came to America and brought some lovely mementos, and the Azorean flag- the children enjoyed them all! I read part of my book, and Margarida read part in Portuguese, and the children were captivated!
Maria and the Lost Calf is a wonderful children’s book for us to share in classrooms throughout California… it aligns with California State Curriculum Frameworks for History/Social Science for second, third, and fourth grades. Examples:
Grade 2 – 2.1: Students differentiate between things that happened long ago and things that happened yesterday.
Grade Three: Our Local History: Discovering Our Past and Our Traditions
Grade Four – 4.2 Students describe social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions among people of California, from the pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods.
Please contact www.PortugueseBooks.Org for a school visit by the author of Maria and the Lost Calf, if you are interested, or would like to acquire copies for your classes, school libraries, book fairs or simply as a Christmas Holiday gift for the children in your family.
Portuguese Heritage Publications of California proudly announces that the release of its first children’s book – Maria and the Lost Calf, by Kate Morejohn and illustrated by Dwight Morejohn, has received first place “Award Winning Author” in the best overall category of “Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book – English” and in category “Best Children’s Picture Book in Portuguese (Originally in another language)”. This recognition was awarded at the 2015 International Latino Book Awards event.
Written in both English and Portuguese, Maria and the Lost Calf takes place in the Marin headlands at the turn of last century, beautifully telling the story of a young Portuguese farmer’s daughter, sweet Maria, who loses her favorite calf.
The first children’s book to feature Portuguese-speaking immigrants in California, Maria and the Lost Calf is a frolicking foray into the main character’s heritage, family, culture, the California dairy industry and Holy Ghost festas. In the book, little Maria also reminiscences about her family and friends back home in the Azores, and the long and hazardous ship voyage to California.
In full color and hard cover, the book features bilingual text and is lovingly illustrated with the original watercolors by Dwight Morejohn.
Maria and the Lost Calf is the ideal gift for every child in your family and circle of friends. Enrich a kid’s life by gifting this beautiful book. It is also a history lesson, recommended by both teachers and librarians, and for both children and adult Portuguese language curriculum, as an educational tool about important Portuguese immigrantion to California.
Order your copy today by visiting our website at www.PortugueseBooks.Org . For just $15 plus taxes and shipping, retail and $10 per copy for wholesale orders of 5 copies or more). You may also place you order by calling 408-272-1222 or mailing your check in the amount of $18.50, payable to PHPC, P.O.Box, San Jose, California 95152
Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc. is a non-profit organization 501 c (3), created to research, preserve and disseminate for educational purposes, vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California.
Maria and the Lost Calf was funded by a generous donation from the Luso-American Development Foundation.
Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, is pleased to inform our readers that the project Untamed Dreams – The Faces of America is currently on its final editing and layout stage, scheduled to release early Fall 2015. While the historic books published under our “Heritage Collection” have focused, at a macro level, on specific and substantial areas of achievement of the Portuguese immigrant community of California; Untamed Dreams penetrates the soul and character of the individuals who make up such a community.
In a trenchant and incisive way, Untamed Dreams reveals the individual microcosm world in which immigrants struggle to achieve the so called “American Dream”. In so doing, it pays homage to those who defied the status quo and dared to leave in search of a better life in America.
Untamed Dreams is for young and old alike regardless of ethnic background. It is a book for those interested in immigration as a subject of research and study, or simply as a herald to the untamable human spirit.
Untamed Dreams – The Faces of America, will be published as a limited edition, for this reason we are able to accept orders now. To reserve one or more copies of this upcoming publication, please send us an email to: info@PortugueseBooks.Org and include your name, email address, shipping address, phone number and number of copies you would like to reserve. We will contact you to place your order shortly prior to release to the public. You may also place your order by calling: (408) 272-1222.
Portuguese Heritage Publication of California is a community non-profit publisher, created to research, preserve and disseminate for educational purposes, vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California.
“As I am reading your wonderful book, I am thinking about my Tia Lucy, my Mom’s sister and only living sibling of 7 children, who lived in San José for many years and went to the Five Wounds Church. She was married there also. My Tia Lucy is 90 years old now and is still very alert and healthy. I know she would love to read your book.” wrote a book reader, Diane from Stanislaus County, California.
This is a common reaction from hundreds of readers who have purchased the Five Wounds Portuguese National Parish’s centennial book,A Vestibule to Heaven. Authored by Miguel Valle Ávila, edited by Lúcia Soares, and designed by Roberto Ávila, the book was printed locally by Spectrum Lithograph, a Bay Area award-winning Portuguese-American owned business and published by the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California. The deluxe, hardbound edition contains 314 color photographs across 192 pages. The book includes a historical perspective of San José at the turn of the 20th century, the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and its relationship to Five Wounds Church, and the parish history between 1914 and 2014. The book is further embellished by photos of the church and “A Day in the Life of the Parish” with photos of events that bring the parish to life.
“Uma Entrada para o Céu” (An Entrance to Heaven) was columnist and poet José Raposo’s title for his biweekly column. Raposo stated that “I can affirm that this book should be proudly displayed in the homes of any Portuguese or his/her descendants and there should be no home without it.”A Vestibule to Heaven is available for sale from the Five Wounds Portuguese National Parish office (www.FiveWoundsChurch.org) and online at www.PortugueseBooks.org. All proceeds benefit the Five Wounds Portuguese National Parish.