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.