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Storytime: The Piñata that the Farm Maiden Hung

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 10:10 am - 10:30 am PST
1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

It’s someone’s birthday. Feliz Cumpleaños!

A farm maiden enlists the help of her farm friends to build a piñata for a special celebration. Borrowing the style of “The House that Jack Built,” the story unfolds as each part of the piñata is gathered – each piece is introduced in English and then replaced by the Spanish word as more and more of the piñata is created. Written by Samantha R. Vamos, it’s a bilingual birthday bash from the boy who shaped the barroto the sorpresa at the end! 

Back matter includes the lyrics to La Canción de la Piñata (The Piñata Song), instructions for how to make your own piñata, a glossary, and a list of Spanish translations.

Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Samantha R. Vamos

Samantha R. Vamos is an award-winning children’s author of six picture books including The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung (Charlesbridge 2019, Sebastià Serra illustrator) and its companion book, The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred (Charlesbridge 2011, Rafael López illustrator) – 2012 Pura Belpré Illustration Honor, as well as a rhyming, alphabet transportation series with illustrator Ryan O’Rourke: Alphabet Boats (Charlesbridge 2018), Alphabet Trains (2015) - CCBC Choices 2016 Selection, and Alphabet Trucks (2013) - IRA-CBC 2014 Children’s Choices Selection.  Samantha’s first book, Before You Were Here, Mi Amor (Viking 2009, Santiago Cohen illustrator), won the 2010 WA State Book Award. A former practicing attorney, Samantha was born in the Midwest, grew up on the East Coast, and lived in the Pacific Northwest before moving to the Bay Area where she and her family now live.
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