the story behind the story

On why I decided to write Ozzie and the Island

 
 
 Spot of Ozzie 

Spot of Ozzie 

Two years ago I wanted to write a book, but about what?

The idea of writing a book had always been cooking up in the back of my head, but I had never known where or when to start.

Around the same time I was thinking about this, a family friend introduced me to La Escuelita, a bilingual preschool program that serves immigrant children. Since my mom is an immigrant, I immediately recognized how important this program is on a communal level. So I began volunteering—cooking, reading, and playing with the children, whatever I could do. It made me want to do something more, but what? 

I could write a children’s book, I thought.  

A bi-lingual children’s book that parents and children could enjoy together, all while enhancing each's understanding of both English and Spanish. A book where children could continue to hear their native language of Spanish, while also learning English alongside their families.

It made sense. A children’s book played into my strengths – writing and art. That being said, I really had no idea what I was getting into when I approached my soon-to-be publisher Leslie Rindoks, or the subsequent work for the book that would follow.

But eventually, after months of trial and error, the story of a silly-looking bird named Ozzie emerged. Ozzie, all alone in a strange place, isn’t able to communicate his need for food, water, or even friendship. His story centers around the importance of communication, and perhaps even helps the reader understand the immigrant experience.

100% of profit from this book will go to La Escuelita. if you are interested in learning more about La Escuelita, please visit their website here or read the article below.


La esculeita 

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