There’s a Coqui in My Shoe!
There’s a Coqui in My Shoe! is written by Pennsylvania author Marisa de Jesus Paolicelli and illustrated by Arizona artist Tanja Bauerle. The book is published by Chi Chi Rodriguez Books, a company under the auspices of the famous golfer, dedicated to picture books for children of all backgrounds that celebrate the color and culture of Puerto Rico.
In this story, a young boy named Armando surprisingly discovers a coquí in his red shoe. Carlito the Coquí is lost and cannot find his way home to the rain forest. Armando befriends Carlito and anxiously waits for the following day to accompany his mother, Lola, to sell their pushcart of piraguas to Puerto Rican children. The book is full of yummy tastes, bright colors, and dramatic sounds, and in breathtaking illustrations, splendidly captures the vibrant color, culture, flora, and fauna of the island. Here’s an educational and entertaining lesson, not only on Puerto Rico’s beloved amphibian, the Eleutherodactylus coqui, but also on Puerto Rico’s environment, geography, history and culture.
The entire book is filled with the wonderful, colorful illustrations of Tanja Bauerle. There are also several appendices with references, other fun facts and a complete list of the 17 known species of coquís. (Yes! A New one just identified and named, and is included in the second printing of the book.)
Full Color • 9″ by 12″ • 64 pages • Ages 8 to 12 • Hard Cover
Publication Date: December 2007
Story by: Marisa de Jesus Paolicelli
Illustrated by: Tanja Bauerle
Published by: Chi Chi Rodriguez Books
Recognitions and Awards:
Winner – Best Educational Children’s Book – English – 2008 10th Annual International Latino Book Awards
Winner – 2010 12th Annual International Latino Books Into Movies Awards