Here in Miami, Just Like We Are
In this story about Día de los Reyes, or Three Kings’ Day, a girl and her family discover new ways to celebrate their Puerto Rican heritage in Ohio.
It’s eleven days after Christmas and Lucía yearns to be in lush Puerto Rico celebrating Día de los Reyes with family and friends. But this year, instead of dancing and singing in the parrandas of her Puerto Rican neighborhood, she is surrounded by cold and silence in snow-blanketed Ohio. How will she ever be able to guide the Three Kings to her new home in the frosty Midwest? This picture book is a celebration of Puerto Rican culture, heartwarming family tradition, and a reminder that we all carry a piece of home with us wherever life may take us.
About the Author
Mariel Jungkunz is a former journalist and a graduate of the Las
Hermanas mentorship program for unpublished Latinx kidlit writers at Las Musas Books. Originally from Puerto Rico, she currently resides in Ohio, where she works as an editor for dictionary.com.
Monica Rodriguez has a BFA in Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design and works primarily with picture book illustration and character design.
★ “A lovely tribute to El Día de los Reyes (Three Kings’ Day) and how traditions aren’t tied to a place but to those who celebrate them…This poignant picture book presents the traditions associated with Latin American celebrations of Epiphany Day (January 6) wrapped in the story of a little girl adjusting to life on the mainland. Rodriguez’s majestic spreads alternate between the emerald green scenes in Puerto Rico and the colder but still beautiful snow scenes of Ohio. The language has a nostalgic tinge, worshipful of the island and reverent of the religious and cultural holiday. Back matter includes explanation of the holiday, its basis in the Bible, and how countries all over the world honor it. A beautiful package, this special book belongs on all Spanish-language and holiday shelves.” —School Library Journal, starred review
"A comforting holiday story about sustaining tradition while making room for new beginnings."—Kirkus Reviews
"Soft, digitally rendered illustrations highlight thebeauty and fun Lucía finds in her family’s new experience of winter and the warmth they create for the holiday." —The Horn Book
"As Lucía yearns for the country left behind...the holiday reassures the protagonist that their connection to their home country and culture is far from lost. Rodríguez’s digital art juxtaposes the landscapes of Puerto Rico and Ohio throughout. "—Publishers Weekly