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​Dr. Nuria Alonso García, associate professor of Spanish (center),

and Mandee Adams ’08 (right) recently co-authored and published

a children's book with illustrator, Jessie L. Perry (left).

Faculty Member, Alumna Co-Author  Book on Global Education Values

Providence, R.I. — Dr. Nuria Alonso García, associate professor of Spanish at Providence College, and Mandee Adams ’08 recently co-authored and published the book, The Key to the Worlds. Embracing Differences. La llave de los mundos. Acoger las diferencias.

The book is the first in their children’s series, The Key to the Worlds. La llave de los mundos.

The bilingual series is intended to transmit universal human values and foster cultural understanding. The books are not directly translated from one language to another but rather developed simultaneously in both English and Spanish to preserve their essence, said Alonso García.

“We plan to publish four books. Each story illustrates a value — the importance of embracing differences, rejecting violence and greed, respecting the environment, and having faith in times of difficulty,” she continued.

Sophia, a young girl, is the central character in the series. The first book marks her journey of teaching others the importance of diversity. The following books will narrate her travels to other magical worlds through which she gains access with a magical key.

Alonso García explained that the series arose largely from her creative writing aspirations, after she realized a bilingual series that developed two languages simultaneously was not readily available.

“I envisioned a new trend of literature that celebrates the value of diversity and the power of language that would speak to young readers from a variety of backgrounds,” she said.

For co-authorship, she reached out to one of her former students. Adams took Alonso Garcia’s Spanish Composition course in her sophomore year and Teaching Modern Languages in Secondary Schools course in her senior year. Adams is currently teaching French and Spanish at Grafton Middle School in Massachusetts.

“I am deeply grateful and honored that she accepted to be my co-author in this project and my partner in promoting social justice and spreading democratic values through children’s literature,” said Alonso García.

Additionally, this book series is a part of Alonso García and Adams’ literary initiative, Project Cristol, created in collaboration with their illustrator, Jessie L. Perry.

Their mission is to inspire children to look at the world through their characters’ eyes, approaching everything with values they can now live by. Their narrations are framed by an innovative approach to illustration, where colors, techniques, and character design are devised to guide young readers through different experiences.

“The narration and illustrations blend holistically into a universe where reality and fantasy coexist harmoniously,” said Alonso García.

--Genevieve Marie Ilg ’14

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