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In this celebration of culture we meet Ramonita, an elderly woman
with Alzheimer's disease whose spirit is lifted with the help of a special friend.

En esta celebración cultural conocemos a Ramonita, una anciana
que padece de la enfermedad de Alzheimer cuyo estado de ánimo
y lucidez mental se eleva con la ayuda de un amigo especial.

How It Came to Be

It was a day like any other when I received a call from my mother. She was visiting in Puerto Rico and this was her daily call to say hello and give me an update on the family. As we talked about the different events going on that week, she began to tell me that my aunt mentioned how the roosters sounded like they were saying, "Puerto Ricooo!" My mom put the phone on speaker and let me hear the roosters crowing. "You should write a book about that," she said. That night, inspiration struck! I imagined the sounds of the roosters on that hill and I remembered the creek by my grandparent's house. The overwhelming sadness of being in Florida without being able to watch my grandparents grow old filled my heart. And that is the place from which Ramonita was born, a place of longing, love, and care. 

I love you very much Abuelito Freddy, Abuelita Emma, y Abuelita Ceci.

What Readers Are Saying

El Orgullo del Puertorriqueño

"Este libro me recuerda a mi abuelita, la cual también padece de Alzheimer’s. Mi abuelo es su gallo, con el siempre está feliz. El orgullo de Puerto Rico, no son todas las fiestas ni las comidas sabrosas, sino la gente, como la viejita Ramonita, quienes le da vida a la isla. Lisette capta en su libro el orgullo de ser puertorriqueña."

Benny Fitz

Director of High Fives, Apple

Splendid Story!

"Loved this book, great for children. Made me travel back in time to my childhood in Puerto Rico. The amazing food, how neighbors become family, and the rooster, Oh my! Good for keeping the culture alive in our children."

Tess Timonial

Head of Potatoes, The Internet


"Excelente libro muy recomendable para regalar en Navidad y para compartir con nuestros niños en familia. Es Sencillo con una historia fascinante muy colorido y divertido para nuestros pequeñines."

Hugh Canduit

Chief Ranch Dressing Advisor

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