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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Elena’s Serenade by Campbell Geeslin. Elsnita Serenade by Campbell Geeslin. Who ever heard of a girl glassblower? In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called Elena wants to blow into a long pipe But girls can’t be glassblowers.

Join Elena on her fantastic journey to Monterrey — home of the great glassblowers! Hardcover40 pages. Comstock Read Aloud Book Award To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Elena’s Serenadeplease sign up. Lists with This Book. The first thing I loved about this book was the cover. I appreciated the fact that the little girl drawn was of darker Latino heritage. This is a book I can share with my baby cousin who is of Black and Latino heritage where she can see a little girl that looks like her.

The next amazing thing about this book was its illustrations which were very colorful and rich using many deep reds, oranges, and blues. This book is about a little girl that wants to be a glass blower like her father. She tells The first campbepl I loved about this book was the cover. She tells her father and he says, you’re too little and anyway, you’re a girl.

This however doesn’t deter the main character, she decides to dress up like a man so that she can be taught how to be a glass blower. She sneaks into elehita and goes to the glass factory asking to be a glass blower.

Then she is given a chance to blow glass and she manages to create glass stars and butterflies which the men can’t do. A few Spanish words are inserted into the story and there is a Spanish-English glossary in the beginning of the book. I won’t tell you how it ends, but it is a good children’s book and a great lesson that a person can do whatever they dream of no matter what society says. Oct 14, Bibiana Jurado rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. Elena is a little girl who lives in Mexico and aspires to be a glassblower. However, cakpbell dreams are shot down once her father says that she is too little for the job; plus, she’s a girl and no one’s ever heard of a girl glassblower. She disguises herself as a male and travels to Monterrey where campbbell talented glassblowers reside.

With her pipe and natural abilities, she befriends animals along the way and gains some more confidence. After proving herself to people of Monterrey by making stars, bu Elena is a little girl who lives in Mexico and aspires to be a glassblower. After proving herself to people of Monterrey by making stars, butterflies, and even a bird to fly her back home.


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Still disguised as a boy, she displays her talent to her father and then reveals her true identity; finally, she gains her father’s approval to work side by side with him. This modern fantasy is sure to capture and maintain anyone’s attention. It directly addresses gender roles and shows a little girl who does everything in her power to break free from this; she’s even capable of creating things that the male glassblowers haven’t been able to create. Elena’s very strong willed and develops throughout the course of the book.

While combating a gender role, it also teaches children words in Spanish as well as aspects of the culture. The pictures are appealing and add more to the cultural factor of the book; it’s actually authentic while straying from numerous stereotypes. Being Mexican, I feel as though I have higher standards for books about Mexican culture, but this one felt accurate and was enjoyable to read.

It’s a shame that this book isn’t more popular considering the dual lessons that are available to teach. It’s very suitable for the targeted age range elementary school students and I would definitely read this to my classes and place a focus on the aspect of gender and also culture. I loved this book! The story is really beautiful and shows students that they can do whatever they want as long as they are committed.

I would use this book to show my students how to incorporate their native language csmpbell their own writing. Mar 21, Mercedes Arroyo rated it really liked it Shelves: I found the book very interesting and appealing for students.

The story is about a young girl, Elena, wanting to become a glassblower. However, her father tells her that only men can be glassblowers, so Elena travels to a city where there are great glassblowers in hopes to learn to become a great glassblower herself. She campbekl the journey and encounters problems on the way and re I found the book very interesting and appealing for students.

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She takes the journey and encounters problems on the way and resolves them with singing and using her glassblower pipe. She makes it to the city and uses her skills she acquired on her trip to perform better than the elenitq glassblowers. Finally, she goes back home to show her father that she can glass blow and he is eoenita. The main character is around the same age as children and could easily relate to the eleniat in a classroom. Elena is an agent of change and that is something I want to highly emphasize in my book.

The book uses Spanish language within the text and even provides a Spanish-English glossary of the terms at the beginning of the book.

Glassblowing seems to be a part of the Mexican culture and highly valued in the story.

Elena’s Serenade by Campbell Geeslin

The illustrations correspond to the text and are colorful and provide great detail. The illustrations can keep the student’s attention long enough while reading the text.

They also provide a lot to discuss with the students. Some characters are talking animals, so the book is not convincing but the main character Elena seems authentic. The characters have different facial features, but all have the same skin tone and hair color.

The author has visited Mexico many times and was inspired by the glassblowers there. The illustrator was born in Spain and it shows that she has a good eye on Hispanic culture.


The students are exposed to multiple perspectives and values.

Elena wants to become a glassblower regardless of what her culture has planned for her, and men who are glassblowers do not believe women should be glassblowers. Elena broke the stereotype and can be a great role model for young cmapbell to do what they believe is right. Oct 31, Shiloh Pearson rated it it was amazing Shelves: So, Elena decides to embark on a journey to Monterrey, where her brother says as the best glassblowers are.

When she finally reaches the glassblowers and tries to show them what she can do, they laugh. But, as she blows her song about stars into the tube the blob at the end of the pipe turns into a star!

She continues to blow glass to the tune of various songs she makes up, and each time, the glass takes the form of whatever the song is about a swallow, campbll, butterflies, etc. The illustrations in this fantasy book are absolutely gorgeous! The combination of colors brings the story to life.

The story itself is fun and incorporates Spanish, with a Spanish-English Glossary right at the front of the book. This book is engaging both visually and linguistically and would be a great read aloud for elementary classes, especially kindergarten through 3rd grade. Apr 15, Lea Fabrizzi rated it really liked it Shelves: Elena’s Serenade is about a little girl who wants to be a glass blower just like her papa but he tells her she is too tiny and that that girls can not be glass blowers.

The little girl shows everyone that she is a very talented glass blower that can not only blow glass, but also play music on her pipe too. By the end of the story, Elena’s papa is proud of her and her talent! Aug 07, Rebecca Ratnasingham added it Shelves: She proves everyone wrong! What do the characters believe about boys and girls? How would this story be different if Elena was a boy? Oct 09, Jessica McDaniel rated it liked it Shelves: I like how this book has diverse characters and shows that you can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it whether you are male or female.

Jul 31, Sarah Sammis rated it liked it Shelves: Harriet and I are falling into a new routine where once or twice a week we stop by the library on the way home from her preschool.

I pick up my hold books, she plays on the computer for a little bit and then she goes to the shelves and picks three or four picture books to bring home. Her methodology seems to involve picking a specific shelf and then pulling books off at random until she finds covers that tickle her fancy.

One a recent trip to the library Harriet picked the G section of the shelve Harriet and I are falling into a new routine where once or twice a week we stop by the library on the way home from her preschool. One a recent trip to the library Harriet picked the G section of the shelves. From there she found Elena’s Serenade by Campbell Geeslin.