Anita and the Dragons

Anita and the Dragons

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4.04 (248 ratings by Goodreads)

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Anita watches the dragons high above her as she hops from one cement roof to another in her village in the Dominican Republic. But being the valiant princesa she is, she never lets them scare her. Then one day, Anita must face her fears and begin life in a new country. Will she be brave enough to enter the belly of the beast and take flight to new adventures?
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 233.68 x 251.46 x 15.24mm | 358.34g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 1911373633
  • 9781911373636
  • 678,756

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A young Dominican girl grapples with emigrating from her homeland. Anita has long watched the 'dragons' fly 'high above.' Though they roar and shake, Anita, being a 'valiant princesa' doesn't fear them. But today a dragon will carry Anita and her mother and father and brothers from their island to a 'distant land far, far away from the Dominican Republic.' Lyrical prose accompanied by lovely illustrations that have the look of pastels and collage describes Anita's fears about what's to come as well as her anxiety about what she'll miss about her beloved homeland. The knowledge that hot baths, conveniences, and new experiences await her doesn't dull the ache that comes from leaving her beautiful life on her island and special people like her abuela. But like the brave princesa she is, Anita eventually 'hold[s her] chin high' and meets the dragon, and with it her new life--promising her island 'with mango-sweet kisses; black stormy nights; glassy, blue waves; spicy, hot heat; and sandy, snug hugs' that she will return. The art, often pastel hued, adds wonderful texture to the gorgeous text and portrays Anita with dark-brown skin, a trait shared with the majority of the other characters. The unfortunate choice to italicize the majority of the few Spanish words persists throughout. A gorgeous story about the love of one's homeland and the courage it takes to emigrate.--starred, Kirkus Reviews-- "Journal" (2/9/2021 12:00:00 AM)
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About Hannah Carmona

Hannah Carmona is a writer, actor, and director. Hannah's previous titles include Dazzling Travis and Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me. Hannah is a mother of two, co-founder of Collective Art School of Tennessee, and a YouTuber. She lives in Tennessee.

Anna Cunha is an award-winning Brazilian artist who has illustrated more than 20 books. Her work has been shortlisted for the Jabuti Prize and received a Joao-de-Barro Prize honorable mention.
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248 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 29% (72)
4 48% (118)
3 22% (55)
2 1% (3)
1 0% (0)
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