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Lupita's Papalote

by jmunoz

kens5.com

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 27 at 11:45 AM

Local author Lupe Ruiz-Flores has two books and one on the way. The bilingual picture books will no doubt inspire kids of all ages to become lifetime readers.

Lupita's Papalote is a story about a little girl and her magic kite. Ruiz-Flores said the idea comes from a childhood memory. One day she was upset she didn't have a kite like the other kids in the neighborhood. Her father told her he had a better idea and it didn't include a store-bought kite. That day they made their own kite out of comics and bamboo sticks and strips of rags for the tail.

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"What I remember most about that day is the kite tugging and pulling with such force that I was terrified it would sweep me up into the sky because I was so small and skinny," said Ruiz-Flores. "My father sensed my anxiety. He never said a word but merely rested his hand on my shoulder in a reassuring way. All the fear oozed out of me and I felt safe."
This childhood experience is honored in the book, but Ruiz-Flores added some fantasy. In the book, Lupita is swept up into the sky.

The second book entitled The Woodcutter's Gift was inspired by two separate articles in a newspaper. One about a real woodcutter and the other about a Mexican folk artist. The story is about sharing and inner beauty.

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The third book, The Battle of the Snow Cones is due out in 2010. The story is about two girls who set up competing raspa stands. The ending is quite a surprise.

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Right now, Ruiz-Flores is working on a novel for middle school aged kids. For more information about this outstanding writer go to www.luperuiz-flores.com

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