Cultural Book Review

Galápagos Girl | Galapagueña

ISBN: 978 0892394135 | Children’s Book Press

About Galápagos Girl | Galapagueña

For Valentina, living on the Galápagos Islands means spending her days outside, observing the natural world around her. She greets sea lions splashing on the shore, scampers over lava rocks with Sally Lightfoot crabs, and swims with manta rays. She is a Galápagos girl, and there is no other place she’d rather be!

But this wondrous world is fragile, and when Valentina learns her wild companions are under threat, she vows to help protect them and the islands.

This delightful bilingual story was inspired by the childhood of Valentina Cruz, whose family was one of the first permanent inhabitants of the Galápagos. Valentina is now a biologist and naturalist guide who has dedicated her life to the conservation of the islands.

Whimsical illustrations by Pura Belpré Honoree Angela Dominguez transport readers to the Galápagos Islands, which shelter a number of diverse plant and animal species that can be found nowhere else on the planet.

Angela Dominguez, Illustrator


I enjoyed reading this bilingual children’s book for its historical content and youthful environmental advocacy. The illustrations are rich in color, fun, and joyful. It is always a pleasure to read and see young female characters with ambition, empathy, and dedication, such as Valentina, in a children’s book.

As a language teacher, the story and bilingual text are useful for lessons in vocabulary, geographical history, and social advocacy for students of English and Spanish.

Valentina, a girl born with a fiery heart to protect a natural home for all, now and for the future.

Galápagos Girl | Galapagueña is a valuable bilingual children’s book for parents and educators alike, as it is a treat and treasure for children.

Adriana Domínguez, Literary Translator
Teresa CarbajalRavet

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Chief Culturist at SV Cultural Hub | Cultural Communication | Mothering 5 Bicultural Souls

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