Under the Ocelot Sun / Bajo el sol del Ocelote

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Under the Ocelot Sun / Bajo el sol del Ocelote

$18.95

Publication Date: July 14, 2020
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Bilingual Edition (English and Spanish)

“Haunting, beautiful watercolors and pen and ink drawings highlight the proud traditions of the Central American Nahuas. This emotional narrative beseeches everyone, everywhere, to understand why some things are worth dying for.”

–Foreword Reviews

Precious things are worth a thousand-mile walk, mija
Las cosas preciousas valen una caminata de mil millas, mija

“Spoken by a mother to her small daughter as they are detained at a border wall, Under the Ocelot Sun is a powerful account of refugees’ plight. The mother speaks of the beauty of their Honduran homeland and of her abuela’s wisdom. She also touches on the violent forces they are fleeing. She wants her little one to know her heritage and why they have taken this perilous journey. Lyrically told (in English and Spanish) and vibrantly illustrated, this is a picture book for our time.” 

George Ella Lyon
Kentucky Poet Laureate 2015–2016

A portion of the net proceeds from the sale of Under the Ocelot Sun will go to support the work of El Futuro of North Carolina, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit outpatient clinic that provides comprehensive mental health services for Latino families in a bilingual environment of healing and hope.

Interviews and Blog Posts

Foreword Reviews Fanfare Interview

Under the Ocelot Sun: The Making of an illustrated Book

 

Description

Author & Translator Bio

JEREMY PADEN

JEREMY PADEN was raised in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. He is a poet, translator, and professor of Latin American literature at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the author of three collections of poems. Among these, ruina montium, about the 2010 Chilean mine collapse, has been published in both English (Broadstone Books, 2016) and Spanish (Valparaíso, 2018). He is also the translator for various poets from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Spain.

Illustrator Bio

ANNE HERMOSILLA

ANNE HERMOSILLA was raised in Panama City, Panama, and moved to the United States to study art at Transylvania University. She currently lives in Virginia and is a promising artist at the beginning of her career. This is her first picture book. You can find more of her art at www.annelisadoestheart.com.

Translator Bio

OSWALDO ESTRADA was raised in Lima, Peru, until his family moved to the United States when he was a teenager. He is a fiction writer, essayist, and professor of Latin American literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he has authored and edited several books of Latin American literary and cultural criticism. He is also the author of a children’s book, El secreto de los trenes (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, 2018), and a collection of short stories, Luces de emergencia (Valparaíso, 2019).

Advance Praise

“Lyrically told (in English and Spanish) and vibrantly illustrated, [Under the Ocelot Sun] is a picture book for our time.” 

George Ella Lyon
Kentucky Poet Laureate 2015–2016

Review

“In this bilingual book, a mother shares the story of her beloved homeland and its struggles to survive growing political corruption, violence, and poverty. She weighs the risks and possible rewards of immigration in bittersweet verses. They alternate between English text in azul and Spanish text in rosa oscuro. Haunting, beautiful watercolors and pen and ink drawings highlight the proud traditions of the Central American Nahuas. This emotional narrative beseeches everyone, everywhere, to understand why some things are worth dying for.”

Reviewed by Pallas Gates McCorquodale

Foreword Reviews

A LOOK INSIDE Under the Ocelot Sun / Bajo el sol del Ocelote, written by Jeremy Paden, illustrated by Annelisa Hermosilla, translated by Oswaldo Estrada and Jeremy Paden

Additional information

Category:

Illustrated Literature, Children’s Book, Picture Book (10 years old and up)

ISBN:

ISBN: 978-1-945049-16-3 (Hardcover)

LCCN:

Library of Congress Control Number: 2020931909

Hardcover:

$18.95 (11" x 8.5", 44 pages, 23 illustrations, Glossary)

Publication Date:

July 14, 2020