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by Dolores Barcinas Santos
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. 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. 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.
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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