Horrifying occasions can convey communities collectively. They’ll additionally encourage story concepts. For creator and academic psychologist Cynthia Concord, the earthquake that struck Mexico Metropolis in September 2017 moved her to jot down her first youngsters’s image ebook, “Mi Ciudad Sings.”
Concord is from Mexico Metropolis, however by the point of the Puebla earthquake occurred, she was already dwelling in Tucson. Nonetheless, her household and family members had been dwelling in Mexico Metropolis. Though she wasn’t there, she “adopted the occasions” via her household.
Witnessing the way in which everybody in her neighborhood reacted throughout these laborious occasions motivated her to jot down.
“I started writing the ebook after the earthquake,” Concord stated. “I noticed how all people got here collectively and helped one another.”
“Mi Ciudad Sings” — which was revealed concurrently the Spanish model, “Mi Ciudad Canta” — tells the story of a younger lady and her canine dwelling in Mexico Metropolis when the earthquake hit. The story follows them as folks come collectively to rebuild their metropolis.
Concord stated the it’s a story of “kindness and generosity.” “Mi Ciudad Sings”, which was illustrated by Teresa Martinez, was revealed by Penguin Random Home on June 14, 2022, after greater than 4 years within the making.
“My mother is so blissful,” Concord stated. “And my children — they’re a bit of bored with listening to about it — however they’re so proud.”
Concord can be making two appearances quickly. She can be a part of Barrio Books’ Creator Collection, presenting her ebook on the Lodge McCoy’s Convention Middle on Saturday. They are going to be gifting away free pan dulce and goodies.
Then on August 20, Concord can be featured at Barnes and Noble’s In-Particular person Story Time at Foothill Mall.
“What I hope the readers take away with them is that there is all the time hope,” Concord stated. “There’s all the time hope and kindness.”