It was a special place in a young girl’s heart. Then a magical, mysterious hummingbird, called Colibrí, transports Loli and her friends to her “heaven on earth.” Join them on a spectacular adventure to far away Alajuela, Costa Rica.
This book is in English and Spanish. Below we have included recordings of author Leslie A. Woods reading the book aloud in English and Spanish for a read along. On our Songs page, you can listen to the book’s theme song (sung in English and Spanish by the author)!
“A magical bilingual story that imparts the wisdom of learning other languages and cultures to young children in a completely entertaining way.”
“Es un libro mágico, mucha información sobre Costa Rica con ilustraciones tan bellas.”
– Sue Goldstein, Bilingual teacher, Regional Multicultural Magnet School
New London, CT
OPEN THE GATES OF SAN JERÓNIMO! STATIONERY CARDS
Join magical Colibrí for another exciting bilingual adventure in Paper Zoo, brought to you by Open the Gates of San Jerónimo! author Leslie A. Woods and illustrator Robin T. Nelson.
Loli’s paper animals are safe and loved, but they want something more. Then along comes Colibrí, the magical hummingbird, who might just have the answer. Join them all on a wondrous adventure to South Africa as everyone “takes a leap of faith.”
Enjoy a glimpse of illustrator Robin T. Nelson’s artwork from Paper Zoo below!
Paper Zoo Stationery Cards
THE MAGIC FISHBOWL – bilingual
LA PECERA MÁGICA
Loli and her friend Sasha were scared of their swimming lessons the next day. Then a magical and mysterious hummingbird, called Colibií, shows them that swimming can be fun and that protecting the ocean is important.
Join them on a magical adventure under the sea!
Loli y su amiga, Sasha, están preocupadas por su lección de natación del diasiguiente. Pero un colibií mágico y misterioso, llamado, Colibrí, las muestra que nadar puede ser divertido y que proteger los océano es also importante.
¡Acompáñelas en una aventura mágica bajo el mar!
This whimsical tale with bright, captivating watercolors gently touches on the value of recognizing and overcoming fear, highlights marine conservation, and portrays multicultural friendship.
The main characters, two young girls, Loli and Sasha are nervous about taking swimming lessons. A mysterious hummingbird, Colibri, takes them on a magical under-the-sea adventure that is designed to not only boost their confidence about learning to swim but is devised to teach them about the impressive array of sea life and how they can respect and care for the ocean environment.
Cleverly woven into the storyline is a beautiful rhyming song about the fascinating sea animals the girls encounter. The music and lyrics of the under-the-sea song plus fun ocean and animal facts are included.
Magic Fishbowl Stationery Cards
“The Magic Fishbowl is a captivating, multicultural tale that beautifully integrates luscious language, vivid watercolor illustrations, and melodious song to tell the story of two friends who unexpectedly find themselves involved in a most unusual undersea venture. This enchanting fantasy is cleverly structured in a way that teaches the reader about an array of ocean life, while also highlighting local and global issues of pollution, conservation, and our responsibility as a society to protect the fascinating and diverse organisms found in our oceans.
“Robin T. Nelson is an accomplished author and painter who skillfully incorporates realistic watercolor paintings, dialogue and song lyrics to create a narrative that is guaranteed to delight and enlighten children of all ages.”
– Shiala Higgs, Teacher and Literacy Coach at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School, New London, Connecticut.
The Message of Monteverde
El Mensaje de Monteverde
This bilingual story and song, written in clever rhyme in both English and Spanish, is about Loli, a very kind girl, who is frustrated trying to please everyone. Suddenly Colibrí, a magical hummingbird comes along to tell her about the Monteverde Cloud Forest in far away Costa Rica, where plants and animals live in harmony. Loli travels by zip line with Colibrí to Monteverde, where she encounters a Resplendent Quetzal, Mr. Blue Jean Frog, Howler Monkeys, Mama Sloth and even a friendly Tarantula, all living symbiotically amidst beautiful flora and fauna. The Message of Monteverde reveals itself as she comes to the end of her journey and Loli realizes that kindness and compassion are what matter most.
“The Message of Monteverde is an inspiring story for children that teaches through its many animal friends how working together and accepting each other’s unique gifts can bring joy to our lives. The bilingual stories, catchy songs, and beautiful watercolor paintings bring this and all of the Colibri Series Books to life. Everyone should make these stories part of their collection.”
– Lara Dolphin, Teacher and Director of Community Engagement, Pine Point School, Stonington, CT.
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