Book Title: The Mirabal Sisters: From Caterpillars to Butterflies by Raynelda A. Calderon
Category: Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12)
Genre: Children’s Book
Publisher: Cayena Press, Inc., 48 pages
Release date: March 2022
Content Rating: G. Suitable for all readers.
Born in a small town in the Dominican Republic, the Mirabal sisters lived at a time when the country was under the merciless rule of a dictatorship. Their deaths on November 25, 1960 (at ages 36, 34, and 25), have received international coverage. In their honor, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed annually on November 25.
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The Mirabal sisters lived in the 1950s when the Dominican Republic was under a dictatorship. When they grew up, they realized that the people of their country deserved freedom, and they fought for that freedom. Three of the sisters were jailed several times and finally killed by government assassins on November 25, 1960. The deaths of the three sisters inspired others to rebel and just six months later, the dictator was executed, and the citizens of the Dominican Republic were free!
The Mirabal Sisters is an important piece of history for children to learn about. It is well written and at the end is a useful glossary and more information about the sisters.
“If they kill me…I’ll reach out through my tomb, and I’ll be even stronger.” —Minerva Mirabal
About the Author
Raynelda A. Calderón, a Dominican native who lives in Queens, NY, is a children’s book author who has worked in public libraries for more than 15 years. She holds a doctorate in leadership in higher education, and she has taught Information Literacy at various colleges, most recently at Bronx Community College. As a librarian, working with children inspires Raynelda to write about the accomplishments of Hispanic women in history. She hopes to inspire young readers to follow their passions and never take no for an answer. Raynelda is the creator of the first Hispanic Heritage wall calendar that honors the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans in the United States. She lives with an untamed Shih Tzu, Toby, and a much attached Chihuahua, Maya. She spends her free time thinking (and drafting) about books to write, or painting, crocheting, or crying over abused dogs.
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