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Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day

Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day is a book for children but speaks to readers of all ages. Sofia takes on the annual tradition of gathering the order xanax to make tamales. She’s joined by an endearing and humorous parrot, Pepe. I envision parents  sharing how their family’s traditions are similar, or contrast, as they read this book to their children along with the The Search for the Lost Art of Making Tortillas. The variation in tamales alone could fill a book. I’ve heard of sweet tamales, all levels of spicy, assorted meats, and variations in the assembly techniques as well.

Sofia's Awesome Tamale Day

Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day

Albert Monreal Quihuis is an entrepreneur who found writing natural. He read to his children at night and found that young kids have an endless imagination. However, he started writing the series to honor his parents. His stories stem from family history and traditions. His mother gathered the family, organized and assigned tasks for tamale making after Thanksgiving. When his brother got involved in perfecting the masa he came to realize this was special.  His readers are also responding to his stories. Albert said “At a festival a Grandmother bought the Sofia book for her grandchildren who were moving to Indiana. She here them to understand this is what she did growing up.” Hearing this from a reader validates the reason Albert began writing.  Aside from tradition, children learn about planning, leadership, and pride in their heritage via Sofia’s adventures. The books are written in English with a few Spanish words which introduce young readers to a translation page. The series will be translated to Spanish as well.

While Albert didn’t start out to become an author, his desire to honor his heritage has lead to a book series.  He recommends aspiring writers “consider their message and find a good writing support group.” His first two books came easily with his support network. He is currently writing his third book, In Search of the Lost Treasure of Isabella, which requires a lot more research. The book will include a foreword from Raul Castro. Raul was the first and only Latino governor of Arizona. Long term, Albert hopes to make the series available to a broader audience. Meanwhile, find the Sofia and Pepe series on Amazon.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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