One of the best parts about being a parent is getting to watch your child discover the world. Whether it’s delighting in the first signs of spring, splashing in puddles after an afternoon rain, or seeing a caterpillar transform into a butterfly, there is nothing better than watching your child’s eyes light up with knowledge.
One of the goals of Little Pearl Publishing is to provide children with inspiring books that help them learn about the world that surrounds them, while offering them a gateway into the pleasures of reading. Whether you read books to your children or they read them themselves, every Little Pearl book promises a lesson in creativity, exploration, and knowledge about our incredible world.
Our first children’s book, The Lost Mariachis, has been years in the making. The author, Julie Schoen, has grown up in New Mexico, soaking up the unique mix of cultures and history since she was little. The Land of Enchantment, as New Mexico is known, is home to the world’s largest hot air balloon festival and is the Green Chile capital of the world. One in three families in New Mexico speak Spanish.
Albuquerque’s Old Town, the setting for The Lost Mariachis, has existed since 1706. The San Felipe de Neri church, reconstructed in 1793, featured in the book is the oldest in Albuquerque and still holds services every Sunday. At Christmas, the Old Town is illuminated by thousands of luminarias, traditional decorations of sand filled bags lit with candles.
It was Schoen’s vision to create a book that highlights this stunning landmark in her hometown, while teaching children the importance of determination and friendship. Enriched with beautiful illustrations, regional Spanish words, and a unique sense of humor, The Lost Mariachis is sure to delight young children and their parents alike.