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Full–Color • 9 x 11 • 32 pages
Jacketed Hardcover; English-only and Embedded Bilingual
Reading Level 1/2; F&P: I
Written by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Illustrated by Tanja Bauerle
  • Raventree Press

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The mayor wants a community park and safe playground for the children. She enlists a group of kids to join her in asking one of the citizens to donate some of his land. When he agrees, he joins all the families and friends who set out to build swings, benches, gardens, and a fountain. There is excitement and a sense of purpose to build the park for all to enjoy. The whole town comes together to create a beautiful park and celebrate with a grand picnic and beautiful fireworks when the job is done.

The narrative text builds line by line and page by page, using repetition and imagery to create a charming story for young readers. Vocabulary recognition and matching pictures to the text help readers gain confidence in both comprehension skills and predicting a sequence of events.

This title is available in English–only or Embedded Text (English with Spanish sprinkled throughout) editions.

Diane Gonzales Bertrand has been writing her stories and reading to family audiences since elementary school. She comes from a family of seven children who went to the library every week because it was inexpensive entertainment. She is a busy author who visits schools and libraries to talk about reading and writing, and works as Writer–in–Residence for St. Mary’s University.

Diane Gonzales Bertrand lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Tanja Bauerle is an award–winning illustrator who escaped from many years in the corporate arena of design to pursue her love for children’s book illustration. The Park Our Town Built is Tanja’s third picture book that she has illustrated.

Originally from Germany, Tanja grew up outside Melbourne, Australia, and now lives near Phoenix, Arizona, with her family and her menagerie of two Golden Retrievers and four cats.

Tanja Bauerle lives in Gilbert, Arizona.

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