The Girl Who Counted the Starts
24 Pages, Size 8.5" x 10.5"
A magical story of a Guatemalan girl named Juanita, who loved cooking crunchy maize tortillas and counting stars every night.
lived in Santa Catarina Palopó, a pretty little village next to a
beautiful lake, surrounded by three huge volcanoes. She loved her pueblo and their people. Women there helped their families by weaving huipiles
from silk, wool, and cotton thread while men worked the land. Juanita
wanted to be of help, so she always cooked for her family her favorite
meal, tortillas. At night, when the sun cleared the way for the moon to
shine bright, Juanita would run onto the roof of the house for her
nighttime routine: counting stars. The sky was so clear she could almost
But one day, Juanita’s mom became very ill, and she
couldn’t work at her loom. Juanita wanted to help but didn’t know how
to. It appears the sky had been listening to her all the time and had a
big surprise stored for her.