Birdie's Beauty Parlor
By Lee Merrill Byrd
Illustrated by Francisco Delgado
Birdie and Grandma are having a girls' day! But Grandma's all worn out now. Birdie has a solution: a makeover! It'll give Grandma a chance to relax. Birdie insists that Grandma lie down because this beauty parlor has a lot of moving parts--chinny-chin-chin hair removal, long stretches of blush, slashes of lipstick, and eyeshadow. Earrings, scarves, the works! Birdie knows best: she owns this beauty parlor!
Birdie's Beauty Parlor is the second collaboration between Lee Byrd and Francisco Delgado. Lee tells the stories of her grandchildren, and Francisco models the illustrations from his own children.
¡Birdie y su abuela están pasando el día juntas! Pero la abuela ya esta completamente agotada. Birdie tiene la solución: ¡una visita al Salón de Belleza de Birdie! La abuela nada más tiene que acostarse y Birdie va hacer todo el trabajo: le va sacar los pelitos de la barbilla, le va poner una montón de rubor, rayas de lápiz labial, y sombras de todos colores en sus ojos. ¡Birdie es la que manda!
El salón de belleza de Birdie es la segunda colaboración entre Lee Byrd y Francisco Delgado. Lee cuenta historias de sus nietos y Francisco basa sus ilustraciones en sus propios hijos.
About the Creators
Lee Merrill Byrd, novelist and publisher, was born and raised in New Jersey but has spent most of her life in the Southwest. Besides being an award-winning author, Lee is known as a pioneer in children's bilingual books as one of the co-founders Cinco Puntos Press (now a Lee & Low imprint), a publishing company named after their neighborhood in El Paso, Texas.
In October 2003, Cinco Puntos published Lee's first picture book for children, The Treasure on Gold Street, A Neighborhood Story in Spanish and English. It received a Skipping Stones Honor Book Award, a Southwest Book Award, a Paterson Poetry Center Prize, and a Teddy Award from the Texas Writers League.
Francisco Delgado, a fronterizo artist, was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua in 1974. Through out his life he has resided in both twin cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez.
Delgado's artworks reflect the United States and Mexican Border life and speak to the working class of the barrios. His visual language often uses iconic figures like El Chapulin Colorado, George W. Bush, Tin Tan, Lady Liberty, and Luchadores among many others to convey his political narrative. Even though his body of work is political and his message is direct it is delivered with the dark sarcasm and humor that is often found in Mexican, Chicano and Fronterizo Cultures.
He attended the University of Texas at El Paso where he received several honorary awards and a BFA. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Art. His paintings have been on book covers, in national art exhibits, private collections and community institutions. Delgado's first picture book was, ¡Sí, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can! His second book was Juanito Counts to Ten, and Birdie's Beauty Parlor his third. Francisco and his wife Barbara have three children, Pedro, Xitlali and a Xochi.