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Review of Elena Rides

Elena Rides by Juana Medina; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.3/23    9781536216356    $9.99Spanish ed.  9781536216417    $9.99Bilingual ed.  9781536232509    $15.99e-book ed.  9781536231854    $9.99Medina (Juana & Lucas, rev. 11/16) gives new readers an inviting, cheerful take on the developmental milestone of learning to ride a bike. Elena, an elephant, straps...

From the Editor - March 2023

Here in Massachusetts we’re on the heels of a snowstorm — but there are signs of springtime, most notably on our cheery March/April Horn Book Magazine cover, with art by Juana Medina from Elena Rides / Elena monta en bici. See also Ramona (March/April 2016), Sparrowboy (September/October 2017), and the...

Table of Contents: March/April 2023 Horn Book Magazine

Cover from Elena Rides. Copyright © 2023 by Juana Medina. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.   Features The Roots of Storytelling by Pamela S. Turner Why the need for narrative is universal across epochs and cultures.   Columns Editorial Pedals to the Medals by Elissa...

Preview March/April 2023 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Juana Medina from Elena Rides. Pamela S. Turner on why the need for narrative is universal across time and cultures. The Illustrator’s Eye: JooHee Yoon on the wonder of preseparation art. On Audiobooks: An interview by Kate Smith about adapting a graphic novel into audio. Field Notes:...

Lighting the Candle: Boom Box

I used to drive my mother dizzy with my never-ending stories. There was always something to share. A short TV cartoon I’d seen could turn into three hours of retelling. On my mother’s heels, from room to room, I would spin the smallest of daily events into an epic narrative...

Chapter books | Class #3, fall 2017

For our next class on October 4, we are reading three chapter books — Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos, and The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. Each is the first book in a series (the sequel to Juana & Lucas has...

Five questions for Juana Medina

Photo: Silvia BaptisteJuana Medina's 2017 Pura Belpré Award–winning Juana & Lucas (Candlewick, 5–8 years) introduces new readers to a new set of friends, a Colombian girl named Juana (just like the author) and her perro, Lucas. Eleven brief and breezy chapters, copiously illustrated with cheery ink and watercolor pictures, tell...

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