Janet Balletta

BOOK TITLE: The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid Imaginative children’s fiction book debuts in English and Spanish, teaching a strong message of family values, obedience, and ultimately how the treasure of family is more important than the treasure of gold. Readers will be enchanted by this mystic mermaid legend which lives on today! “The Legend of Roberto Cofresi is written in a child-friendly manner, and the idea of a parent telling the story with the children’s questions intercepting here and there is brilliant. The author uses the boys’ questions to bring clarity and more understanding to the legend and the vocabulary used in the story. I love the way the book begins with Jacob and Joseph playing their imaginative game. This draws the reader into this story of history and legend easily, and is a great way to encourage further questions and exploration of the book. ” – Hillary Hawkes, Readers’ Favorite. Imaginative children’s fiction book debuts in English and Spanish, teaching a strong message of family values, obedience, and ultimately how the treasure of family is more important than the treasure of gold. Readers will be enchanted by this mystic mermaid legend which lives on today!. “The Legend of Roberto Cofresi is written in a child-friendly manner, and the idea of a parent telling the story with the children’s questions intercepting here and there is brilliant. The author uses the boys’ questions to bring clarity and more understanding to the legend and the vocabulary used in the story. I love the way the book begins with Jacob and Joseph playing their imaginative game. This draws the reader into this story of history and legend easily, and is a great way to encourage further questions and exploration of the book. ” – Hillary Hawkes, Readers’ Favorite.

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Janet Balletta was born in Brooklyn, New York to Colombian and Puerto Rican parents. She was raised Catholic in Queens, New York. Janet moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1993 and worked as an Administrative Assistant and K-2 ESOL Teacher for Palm Beach County Schools from 1993 to 2006. She currently lives and works as a bilingual first-grade teacher in Port St. Lucie, FL. Janet was inspired by her family to write, The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid y La Leyenda de la Sirena Colombiana, which is based on the legend of La Sirena De Hurtado, in Valledupar, Colombia in 2013. She wrote her second book, The Legend of Roberto Cofresí – A Puerto Rican Hero, which is based on the famous corsair from Puerto Rico in 2015. Janet is passionate about literacy with legends in particular. She hopes her English & Spanish books will inspire children to develop a passion for bilingual and multicultural literature.