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Puerto Rico: The Island of Enchantment

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I changed our initial yearly plan this year to include a unit study on Puerto Rico because it was showing up so much in our news cycle. I wanted my kids to have a sense of what’s going on in that part of the United States, but also to know that there’s more to Puerto Rico than the aftermath of hurricanes. As in all our place-based unit studies, I tried to balance history, culture, geography, animals, food, and families, so we get multiple perspectives on each location. And, while I don’t think we did them justice, we did try some fried plantains.

  1. Abuelita’s Paradise by Carmen Santiago Nodar and Diane Paterson
  2. Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games by Lulu Delacre
  3. Color Crayola’s Puerto Rican Flag
  4. Children of Puerto Rico by Michael Elsohn Ross and Felix Rigau
  5. Watch Families of Puerto Rico
  6. Fairy Tales of Puerto Rico by David García and Gus Anavitate
  7. Festival Foods by Jenny Vaughan and Penny Beauchamp
  8. The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico by Nina Jaffe and Enrique Sánchez
  9. Good Night Puerto Rico by Lisa Bolivar Martinez and Matthew Martinez
  10. Hispanic American History: Building a New World by Jim Ollhoff
  11. Hurricane! by Jonathan London and Henri Sorensen
  12. It’s My State! Puerto Rico: The Island of Enchantment by Ruth Bjorklund and Richard Hantula
  13. Juan Bobo: Four Folktales from Puerto Rico retold by Carmen Bernier-Grand and Ernesto Ramos Nieves
  14. Juan Bobo and the Horse of Seven Colors by Jan Mike and Charles Reasoner
  15. Juan Bobo Goes to Work by Marisa Montes and Joe Cepeda
  16. Mimi’s Parranda/La Parranda de Mimí by Lydia Gil and Hernán Sosa
  17. Miracle on 133rd Street by Sonia Manzano and Marjorie Priceman
  18. One Proud Penny by Randy Siegel and Serge Bloch
  19. The Outside Dog by Charlotte Pomerantz and Jennifer Plecas
  20. Paco and the Witch by Felix Pitre and Christy Hale
  21. Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore
  22. Puerto Rico by Holly Saari
  23. Puerto Rico by Tyler Maine
  24. Puerto Ricans in America by Stacy Taus-Bolstad
  25. Puerto Rico: Past and Present by Maria DaSilva-Gordon
  26. Rafi and Rosi by Lulu Delacre
  27. Rafi and Rosi: Carnival! By Lulu Delacre
  28. Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates by Jonah Winter and Raúl Colón
  29. Sergio and the Hurricane by Alexandra Wallner
  30. Shake It, Morena! And Other Folklore from Puerto Rico by Carmen Bernier-Grand and Lulu Delacre
  31. The Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald and Mary Newell DePalma
  32. There’s a Billy Goat in the Garden by Laurel Dee Gugler and Clare Beaton
  33. World Factbook: Puerto Rico by the CIA
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