By Susan Middleton Elya
Illustrated by Ana Aranda
It’s a sunny summer day. Come join the crowd headed for the parade! Marvel at the people riding motorcycles, bicycles, tricycles, and unicycles. Duck out of the way as firefighters spray water on hot spectators. Clap to the music as bands of musicians playing clarinetes, saxophones, flautas, trumpets, and drums march by. Feast on lemonade, watermelon, tacos, and ice cream. Wave to the corn princess as her float passes by. Then take cover when a quick rain shower comes, followed by a bright rainbow. Back in the town plaza as night falls, marvel at the sparkling fireworks that end the day’s festivities. Pop, pop, pop! ¡Bón, bón, bón!
With engaging text and imaginative, whimsical illustrations, Our Celebración! is the perfect way to enjoy a summer day—and learn some Spanish too.
About the Creators
SUSAN MIDDLETON ELYA is the author of more than twenty popular picture books for children, including Lee & Low’s Say Hola to Spanish series and Home at Last. She has degrees in Spanish and elementary education, and she taught Spanish for many years. Elya is known for blending English and Spanish to create clever, lively, rhyming stories. A native of Iowa, she now lives in Danville, California. You can visit her online at susanelya.com.
ANA ARANDA’s artwork has been featured in galleries and museums in the United States, France, Italy, and her native Mexico. Her biggest inspirations come from her childhood memories, the vibrant colors of Mexico, and music. Aranda’s illustrations often transform the everyday into fantastical situations and whimsical creatures. Aranda now lives in San Francisco, California. Her website is anaranda.com.