Broken Butterfly Wings/
Alas de mariposa rotas


Gabriela is super excited when her gift from Titi Sylvia finally arrives. She loves the colorful, glittery butterfly wings! But, she flaps and flaps and nothing happens. Disappointed, Gabriela goes to the garage, digs into her father’s toolbox, set on fixing the broken butterfly wings. Maybe she can add a battery or an engine. Her father has a better idea, though, and encourages her to close her eyes and think about where she would like to fly. Soon Gabriela is envisioning El Yunque, a rainforest on the island of Puerto Rico.

Broken Butterfly Wing is inspired by trips I’ve taken with my daughter and son to the tropical rainforest El Yunque in northeastern Puerto Rico. Because of Hurricane María, El Yunque was closed for some time to recover from the massive damage caused by the hurricane. To find out about hurricane recovery efforts please go to:

Author: Raquel M. Ortiz
Illustrator: Carrie Salazar
Publisher: Arte Público Press
Publication Date: October 31, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-55885-922-7

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