13 Months in Malesso'

13 Months in Malesso'


 Dolores Barcinas Santos 


Jessica Perez-Jackson


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13 Months in Malesso' captures a distinctly CHamoru sense of time and place, and beautifully illustrates the many ways in which the island of Guam nourishes and sustains its people. The book tells the story of how CHamoru ancestors in the Mariana Islands marked time using the phases of the moon and the important seasons in their lives. Months were named to describe seasonal weather and the best times to fish, plant, and harvest food. The book also explores how just like their ancestors, the Barcinas girls – Lole’, Lia, Rita, Arisa, and Ha’åne’ – mark time using the seasons of their beautiful village of Malesso’ in southern Guam. 

Product Details
  • Author: Dolores Barcinas Santos
  • Illustrator: Jessica Perez-Jackson 
  • Publisher: University of Guam Press (2019)
  • Imprint: Taiguini Books 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-935198-27-7
  • Hardcover: 32 pages

Price: $20

Meet the Author(s)

Author Bio: Dolores Barcinas Santos is an Elementary Special Education Teacher. Her love for her family and her work with children inspired her to share the many adventures of the “Barcinas Girls” in this book.

Illustrator Bio: Jessica Perez-Jackson is the mother of two brilliantly boisterous children and the teammate and life-partner to an ever-adoring, gastronomically indulgent, culinary genius. She paints, coaches youth soccer, and enjoys playing sports in her spare time.


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