SAN ANTONIO – Fiesta Fun for Everyone, that’s the mission and title of a brand new children’s book written and illustrated by a San Antonio teen. The writer, Nadia Gonzales, started engaged on the project almost two years in the past to assist make the celebration with a function extra accessible for kids.
This year, Gonzales, a graduate from Young Women’s Leadership Academy is lastly capable of share her spirit for town and celebration via a project she’s labored on for greater than 200 hours.
“I wrote the book for my Girl Scout Gold Award,” Gonzales mentioned. According to the Girl Scouts, the Gold Award is the best achievement throughout the group and will be earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts.
“The title of my book is “Yanaguana Fiesta Fun for Everyone”. So, I acquired the (identify) Yanaguaga from the San Antonio River. That’s what it was initially referred to as,” Gonzales mentioned.
Before hitting the cabinets on-line, it began as a dream and a sketch impressed by the younger sufferers at Santa Rosa’s Children’s Hospital.
“At the end of my sophomore year, I volunteered (at the hospital) downtown,” Gonzales mentioned. “I looked out and I saw that it was right across the street from Market Square. So, I figured that they didn’t really get to participate in Fiesta. When I first started, I would do the research on Fiesta so I could gain some knowledge on the event before starting. And then when COVID hit, I (dove fully) into the project. I would draw like pictures every day for the book.”
The book was submitted as a part of Gonzales’ Girl Scout Gold Award which she was granted and can proudly settle for subsequent year. Although excited in regards to the accomplishment, Gonzales mentioned probably the most gratifying a part of the project has been donating 60 books to Santa Rosa’s Children Hospital, a Fiesta-themed Lotería recreation she illustrated herself and a home made plush Yanaguana.
“It feels really great seeing my book published on Amazon and knowing that the children at Santa Rosa’s Children Hospital now have an easier way to celebrate Fiesta with the rest of us,” Gonzales mentioned.
You can buy the book by clicking here.
Limited portions of the Fiesta-themed Lotería recreation are additionally accessible as a part of a Fiesta package. The package consists of the sport, a duplicate of the book and the plush Yanaguana piñata. The kits have to be bought via Gonzales’ Instagram account, found here.
Gonzales plans to make use of the proceeds in direction of extra donations to the hospital, in addition to totally different organizations in San Antonio.
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