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Dolores Barcinas Santos
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.
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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