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Book Signing with Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

May 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Meet children’s author Claudia Guadalupe Martinez as she presents her new book, Not a Bean.

A Mexican jumping bean isn’t a bean at all. It’s a fascinating home and food source for a special kind of caterpillar!

With Spanish vocabulary and a clever counting concept, this poetic story shares the life cycle of a Mexican jumping bean. This curious jumping insect is actually a seedpod from a shrub called yerba de la flecha, into which a caterpillar burrows, living inside the pod until it builds a cocoon and breaks out as a moth. Perfect for preschoolers and prereaders, this creative picture book explores the Mexican jumping bean’s daily life and eventual transformation and escape from the pod.


“I grew up in sunny El Paso, Texas where I learned that letters form words from reading the subtitles of old westerns with my father. I now live and write in Chicago.

My debut novel, The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (Cinco Puntos, 2008), received the 2009 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, the 2008 Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Book Award, and a 2009 Americas Award Commendation. My second novel, Pig Park (Cinco Puntos, 2014), won the 2015 Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Book and the 2015 NACCS Tejas Foco Young Adult Fiction Award.


May 2
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hawthorn Mall
720 Center Drive
Vernon Hills, IL 60061 United States


Barbara’s Bookstore in Vernon Hills