Press Release -December 17, 2012
LOCAL TEACHER DEBUTS NEW BOOK
"How'd They Get in there? ¿Cómo Sé Metieron Ahí?
MIAMI- Children's Author Valeria Rodriguez Flores to read at Sunset Place's Cool De Sac
from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 22.
She will read and sign her new bilingual book, "How'd They Get in there?
¿Cómo Sé Metieron Ahí?." At Cool de Sac, located at 5701 Sunset Drive #355 South Miami, 33143.
"Big day! Not just because we are in store shelves just in time for the holidays, but because the source of my inspiration (my son) is growing up in the world I'm painting for him with my words and actions; A world in which we are the only ones who can author the next chapter of our lives," said Flores.
$1 of every book sold will go towards building a Learning Center to continue her work promoting youth literacy in Santana del Macano in Panama; the community she lived in while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Motherhood, interactions with loved ones near and far, and her desire to share a tangible message of love, inspired her first bilingual children's book, "How'd They Get in there? ¿Cómo Sé Metieron Ahí?". The storyline developed through real experiences that her family and friends were living, trying to keep scattered family members involved in the life of her growing baby boy. The words and illustrations colorfully capture thoughts that may have been crossing her son’s mind as he curiously stared at the familiar voices and faces of special people in his life-- that were in fact miles and even continents away, and yet always felt very close.
It is great for ages 2-5, and is available for purchase online at www.valeriabooks.com, Xlibris's website: www.xlibris.com and at Cool de Sac in Sunset Place.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Valeria Rodriguez Flores, an Animal Science graduate, from the University of Florida (UF), had the experience of living a short but enriching stint with the Peace Corps in Panama as a Sustainable Agriculture volunteer, where her daily work inspired her to pursue her passion for writing. The Peace Corps slogan is: Life is Calling. How far are you will to go to make a difference in the world? While abroad she learned that “Though we may not always have the power to make large changes in the world, we most certainly always have the ability to work on changing ourselves, that in turn will create a ripple effect that will touch lives we never imagined we could”.
As soon as she became a mother, she realized that life was actually calling to see how far she was willing to make a difference in the world of ONE VERY SPECIAL BOY, her son, Nico.
Besides writing and illustrating, Valeria teaches Science at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, is an avid runner, and an active member in the community, constantly looking for ways to get involved and inspire youth to not only believe in their dreams but take steps towards them every day.