Wednesday, December 26, 2012

El Burro Sonriente (Spanish version)
Por: Mary Esparza-Vela
Illustrado por: Mike Motz

Synopsis: Un pequeño burro se presenta en la casa de un niño y se convierte en un valioso miembro de la familia. El día que desaparece, nunca esperan volver a verlo hasta que aparece una noche oscura y temerosa.

The Smiling Burro (English version) 
Written by Mary Esparza-Vela
Illustrated by: Mike Motz

Synopsis: A tiny burro shows up at a little boy’s house and becomes a real asset to the family. The day he disappears, they never expect to see him again until he prances in one dark spooky night.

About the author:

Mary Esparza-Vela is an award-winning author who has written articles for religious publications and online non-profit organizations.  She has published a total of 15 short stories and five of her children’s books are available thru Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. Her work includes:

“A Miracle for Juanito” won Honorable Mention in a Writer’s Digest competition.
A 1st Place winning entry on the Pen & Ink Blog.

The Turtle Who Imagined was selected as 2012 Book of the Year by Creative Child Magazine.

The Odd Chick

Bearly Learning About Water

The Smiling Burro

El Burro Sonriente (Spanish)

Mary is also a patented inventor. Her plush dolls, called LUV-BEAMS®, received Preferred Choice and Seal of Excellence awards from a panel of parents and educators. TDMonthly Toy Magazine has featured them as “winning toys.”  Adventure stories about the doll characters are COMING SOON.

Mary lives in Texas with her husband who is her writing partner, and their three children. Her books are available from various online bookstores, including, Guardian Angel Publishing, Barnes & Nobles, Target, and as e-books. The dolls are available at

Links to her books:


Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
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The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

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