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Mama Graciela's Secret

Posted on December 17, 2017 at 9:45 PM


About the Book


Mamá Graciela’s Secret


Publication date: October 10, 2017




Written by Mayra Calvani


Illustrated by Sheila Fein


MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing


36 pages, 3-7 year olds


Reading guide at:




Mamá Graciela’s TENDER, CRUNCHY, SPICY bacalaítos fritos are the best in town…


Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that Mamá secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, Mamá must come up with a plan to save it—and all of the animals she loves.


Author Bio




Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her children’s picture book, Frederico the Mouse Violinist was a finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards; her anthology Latina Authors and Their Muses was a First Place winner at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards; her nonfiction book, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, was a Foreword Best Book of the Year winner. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.


She lives in Belgium with her husband of 30+ years, two wonderful kids, and her three beloved pets. When she’s not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family.


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I teach two year olds, and picture books are a stable in our classroom! So when given a chance to read a new picture book to my littles I jumped at the chance. Now the story is really cute and the meaning in the book is priceless, I love how lives are more important than money. We need to be teaching our children this every day! For my children who speak two languages this is a wonderful book that mixes cultures, and for my one langugae kids this helps give insight to another culture/language. I enjoyed this book, I do think that this was higher than picture level but it does help with raising the bar for understanding. I give this a four pots of gold out of five.

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