Review ?Rich in family and heritage, Consuelo Samarripa?s stories may just help you discover more of yourself.? (Elizabeth Ellis, NSN Circle of Excellence Storyteller and NSN Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient)?Filled with the quiet humor that has marked her stories from early days in Austin and the same true-to-life voice of a little girl growing up in South San Antonio, these stories express Samarripa?s unyielding love for Texas and her Mexican-American heritage. Here the big issues of family, money, race, and politics are perfectly shaded by the shawl of a powerful voice that whispers.? (Tim Tingle, Choctaw storyteller and author of award-winning books from his culture)Made in Mexico, but born in the USA, Consuelo Samarripa recounted her childhood experiences in her recently published memoir, ?Barrio Princess ? Growing Up in Texas.? The author and bilingual storyteller compiled stories as a youth growing up in San Antonio and Killeen during the 1950s and 1960s.??It was a simple time,? she wrote. ?We were innocent and inexperienced just like a new box of freshly dressed crayons.? Everything about Samarripa, 67, from her gentle eyes to her soothing voice still, reflects that innocence.??These stories are told through the eyes of the child I was then, and there was a lot of community with my grandmother?s house as the hub because my family lived within a few blocks,? she said.?Always a creative and active child, Samarripa suddenly found herself one of the few Hispanics in school and she didn?t speak English. ?. . . Now, Samarripa travels nationwide as an author, bilingual storyteller and abruelita (Spanish for grandmother) of eight grandchildren, entertaining and enlightening audiences with her unique stories. ?I gave a piece of my life away when I wrote the book, but that piece is there for my children and grandchildren,? she said. ? (Valerie L. Valdez, Harker Heights Herald) Read more From the Author There were no bilingual or dual language programs in the schools when I started school here in the United States. I learned by total immersion. It became a way of life for me in big city and small town Texas and in Germany when my dad was stationed there fin the military. It took years before reading English to comprehend sunk in. Reading exercises led me to comprehend enough to take tests; but, it was reading, and re-reading that taught me to retain, to learn. When all of that came together for me, then my progression took me beyond text books. Reading books allowed me to experience the world through stories in my own room. The meaning of a pretend world (fiction) and the true, factual or real world (non-fiction) in my readings only then became apparent. Later, as adult, I read non-fiction such as history, biographies, and some self-help books to help me try to solve life issues. I discovered Phyllis A. Whitney and read most of her books. More recently, I have also enjoyed reading Elizabeth Berg?s novels, especially since she was the a high school classmate I knew as Beth Hoff, a classmate at Ludwigsburg High School near the military base my dad was assigned to in Germany. She was one of the few people who I talked to in school during my bashful era. I admired her writing even then. Today, any romantic murder mystery is a favorite.? I also enjoy a historical, biographical, comedy or Disney movie when showing at our local theatre. I love attending my grandkids? birthday parties, school and sports activities when I am in town. It is always a pleasure taking all my grandchildren to dinner and a movie; soon I will need a bus to cart them all. It is delightful when I can read a story that I am developing to my grandchildren; they are a good gauge, just like my daughter and sons have been about some of my story topics. Sharing my stories allows others to know that they are not the first to walk some of life?s difficult trails. I understand what it is like living with people foreign to my customary ways of life and language. Some immigrants do not understand what it was like to be forbidden to speak your native tongue in school or to meet the challenges of a school day when there were no tools nor anyone to help make your way among strangers whose every word, every thought was foreign. I am glad, at least, that?while today?s school challenges are sometimes difficult?our children today have educators, counselors, and communities in the schools to ease their transition. Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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