By Alexis O'Neill
Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez
Estela is excited. This is her first time at Swap Meet, and she is looking forward to selling her music box to earn money for folk dancing lessons at the Ballet Folklórico.
As Estela waits for customers, a strong wind suddenly sends everything flying. Estela rushes to help a woman selling flowers across the way, but she is too late. All the flowers are gone! Estela decides on a simple act of compassion and generosity, which brings her the gift of friendship and a delightful surprise.
Estela's Swap is sure to resonate with all children who have a special wish and work hard to make it come true. Readers will discover the joy of giving — and receiving, too.
About the Creators
is the author of the highly acclaimed Loud Emily (Simon & Schuster), and The Recess Queen (Scholastic), a Junior Library Guild selection. She also works as an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writer'sTM Program and as a writing consultant for several other institutions. The idea for this story came from O'Neill's many visits to swap meets after she and her husband moved to Simi Valley, California, where they live. For more information about Alexis O'Neill, visit alexisoneill.com
has illustrated numerous award winning children's books, including LEE & LOW'S Abuela's Weave, Amelia's Road, and Confetti. A native of the Dominican Republic, he splits his time between his homes in Bass Harbor, Maine and Miami, Florida.
About This Title
Best of Beyond Difference
Vermont Center of the Book
Interest Level:Grades 1 - 4
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 2
Sharing & Giving, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Games/Toys, Friendship, Dreams & Aspirations, Conflict resolution, Poverty, Empathy/Compassion, Gratitude, Optimism/Enthusiasm
Part of These Collections
English Fiction Grades 3-6, Fluent Dual Language , Fluent English, English Guided Reading Level O, Latin American English Collection Grades 3-6, Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , Mexico Culture Collection, English Fiction Grades PreK-2, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades K-2, Realistic Fiction Collection Grades PreK-2, Kindness and Compassion Collection, Dual Language Collection English and Spanish, Dual Language Levels N-Z Collection, Pedro Noguera Diverse Collection Grades PreK-2