HarperCollins A Girl Named Rosita: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer [Rita Moreno]
HarperCollins A Girl Named Rosita: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer [Rita Moreno]

A Girl Named Rosita: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer [Rita Moreno]

By Anika Aldamuy Denise


Publication Date: November 3, 2020

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

A gorgeous picture book biography about Puerto Rican American trailblazing superstar Rita Moreno, from critically acclaimed author Anika Aldamuy Denise (Planting Stories) and New York Times bestselling illustrator Leo Espinosa (Islandborn).

When young Rosita moved from Puerto Rico to the mainland United States, she didn’t know what to expect—but she knew she loved to sing and dance. Working to overcome the language barrier and bullying she experienced in a strange new country, Rita eventually made her way to Hollywood with a dream to be a star. There, she fought to be seen and heard and eventually reached the pinnacle of success, landing her iconic role in West Side Story and, finally, winning her groundbreaking Oscar. Brought to life by Leo Espinosa’s bold and vibrant illustrations and Anika Aldamuy Denise’s lyrical text, including Spanish phrases throughout, this gorgeous tribute to the life and career of the first Latinx person to have earned an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award will inspire little dreamers everywhere.Informative author’s note and timeline included.

About the Author

Anika Aldamuy Denise is the celebrated author of many picture books, including the Pura Belpré Honor recipient Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré; The Love Letter; Starring Carmen!; Lights, Camera, Carmen!; and Monster Trucks. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband, three children, and kitten named Charlie. Visit Anika online at www.anikadenise.com. Leo Espinosa is an award-winning illustrator and designer from Bogotá, Colombia, whose picture books include the New York Times bestselling and Pura Belpré Honor book Islandborn by Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz, Goldfish on Vacation by Sally Lloyd-Jones, and Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph by Lucy Margaret Rozier. Leo lives with his family in Salt Lake City, UT. Visit him at www.studioespinosa.com.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 40 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: November 3, 2020

ISBN: 9780062877703

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