Birthday in the Barrio/ Cumpleaños en el Barrio
By Mayra Dole
Illustrated by Tonel
In this second book by author Mayra Lazara Dole, lively, determined Chavi sets off on yet another Miami adventure. This time it's a fifteenth birthday party for her buddy Rosario's sister that sends her swooshing through Miami, recruiting children and grownups to help in the planning and cooking. Once again Chavi proves that she can bring an entire community together for a heartfelt special event.
Mayra Lazara Dole's bubbly prose and Tonel's bright, witty watercolors will delight readers who know and love Chavi, as well as those who are discovering this amazing eight-year-old for the first time.
About the Creators
Mayra L. Dole was born in Havana Cuba, and raised in Hialeah, a Miami Cuban barrio. She is a prolific writer, a passionate cook, and an advocate for the environment. Mayra worked for Miami-Dade Public Library System. She is the author of Birthday in the Barrio and the YA novel, Down to the Bone. She loves nature and animals and has also been a dancer, landscape designer, chef, musician, and hairstylist.
is a visual artist and art critic who was born in Havana, Cuba, where he illustrated several children’s books. His work for grownups has been exhibited in North and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. He received a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities and a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for painting and installation art. He lives and teaches in Vancouver, British Columbia.