Books, Kids

Jordi’s Star-Our Treasure

July 6, 2012

Can you believe this book?? When I opened up a box addressed to my little Jordi a few weeks ago I was floored! I thought this book was MADE for Jordi by my friends Tiz and Mike (they have bought us personalized gifts in the past) but it wasn’t. This is a real book AND it is signed by the author!!

So Tiz tells me over the phone that she went looking online for a book with Jordi’s name on it (great idea for a new baby gift!). Jordi being a Spanish name and very popular in Spain, something had to turn up. Well she found this book that is no longer published but it is still being sold by “more sellers” on Amazon. Tiz didn’t know (she was surprised to find out by me) that this book was donated from a public school’s library to an unknown source. The inside of the book is marked “DISCARD” in big, black Sharpie letters! How sad! But she was thrilled to find that the author had autographed it specifically for the children of the school and I also came to find out something very special about Jordi’s name.

When Jose and I decided to name Baby #3 Jordi Mateo, we thought about how much we loved it when our good friends Panos and Bea named their son Ulises Jordi five years ago. We fell in love with the name instantly. But Bea is Spanish and the name is common in her family. For us, we have never heard the name in Mexican households. We could have used Jorge or George! We almost named Santi-Jordi. But debated about the pronunciation in English and so on. Then when we found out we were having a third boy, we thought, who says we can not use a name popular in another country but not in ours? We decided to go for it but truly didn’t know much behind the history of the name Jordi. Now we have a book that tells us the story of this special Jordi and a little history on the name too.

In the dedication page it reads:

“Although Jordi’s Star reads as a folktake, it is an original story. The author’s love for folktales has lent the story its flavor of a traditional tale. Jordi is a popular name in Catalonia. Saint Jordi is the patron saint of Catalonia. To celebrate Saint Jordi’s feast day, April 23, friends greet each other with the traditional gift of a rose and a book.”

Greeting each other with a book!!!! Be still my heart! I’m going to start greeting my friends with books too! Diego, Jose and I already read the book and it is beautiful. It’s about a lonely Jordi that creates a special place for his first friend, a star, and then this special place attracts many more friends for Jordi. I can’t wait to read this story to our little Jordi. And thank you to Summitview School somewhere in Wisconsin. Their “discard” was our treasure.

Have you ever bought a book for a child because it had his or her name on the cover? I did for Diego and now I have to find one for Santiago! Have a great weekend!

Your friend,


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  • Reply Caro July 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    How cute! Sometimes what old to some is new to others! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just passed down a lot of my childrens baby books to my nieces and nephews and they loved them. They were collecting dust in my house, but are now being read.

  • Reply Nancy July 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    How thoughtful, I’m getting more interested in reading day by day. I’ve been helping my girls read some Spanish books and it takes a lot of time but they are staring to love reading in Spanish. I sit with them and show them the rigt pronunciation and meaning of words they don’t understand and I like it because I feel like a teacher. Right now we are reading a very cool book it’s called Cuentos que contraban nuestras abuelas, it’s very interesting since it talk about history and how stories from all over the world came to our Spanish culture. I recommend this book great for all ages. Written by F.Isabel Campoy y Alma Flor Ada.

    • Betty
      Reply Betty July 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Oh Nancy this is great! Alma Flor Ada is the author of Jordi’s Star! What a coincidence! I just discovered her and will make sure to look for that book! Thank you and I’m so glad you are all enjoying the reading time! xoxo
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  • Reply Alma Flor Ada July 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Dear Betty:
    Congratulations on the birth of your third son. How nice that you chose the name Jordi.
    Iยดm delioghted to know that your friend found my book as a gift. If you email me directly I will be delighted to send you a copy autographed to your own Jordi. I have saved some copies for special people, since this is a book I treasure.
    New copies of my out of print books can usually be obtained from
    They have made provision to keep new copies of my books so that they can continue to be enjoyed.
    I would like also to thank Nancy for her kind words about our book Tales Our Abuelitas Told – Cuentos que contaban nuestras abuelas. It is indeed a joy to hear from readers.
    I will extend the invitation to receive a free autographed book to Nancy if she writes me directly through my website.
    And all my best wishes to everyone who reads this blog and to your children.
    Fondly, Alma Flor Ada

    • Betty
      Reply Betty July 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Dear Alma, Thank you for taking the time to comment on my little old blog. My intimate group of readers and I were so excited to see your comment! The story of your book Jordi’s Star to our hands continues and it just keeps getting better! Nancy and I will email you and we really appreciate your generosity. Most importantly, we appreciate books that make our children feel special by seeing their lives full of culture in print in stories like yours.

      Tiz, thank you again for being so thoughtful and thank you ladies for sharing your success stories with me. We are all learning and teaching our kids together. xoxo

  • Reply Tiz July 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    This is amazing! I will have to say I was a bit reluctant on buying this book because it was monetarily inexpensive. The more money spent on a gift the better…right? Apparently wrong! Turns out it’s actually priceless, especially now that the author herself has become involved! I can’t wait to meet Jordi and personal read him this special book! Love and kisses to all!

  • Reply Vanessa July 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    This is awesome! I don’t have kids, but I want to read the book too! I wish I would have known earlier, I could have read it with Jordi while I was there! Next time, I’ll make sure I do:)

  • Reply Donna July 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Wow, that is awesome! Your blog is getting bigger and bigger!

  • Reply Maria Gabriela Fernandez July 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm


    This is a great story! Thanks for sharing. I just went to the Del Sol Book webiste and I’m excited to see there is a wide variety of books in Spanish. Coming back from a 2 week trip to Buenos Aires my daughter’s Spanish vocabulary has increased tremendously (I think if we were there one week longer she would have come back fully bi-lingual) and she has more of a desire to speak Spanish. I’m so excited and want to keep t his fire burning, so these books (and I think DVS’s) are a great idea. She’s recently rediscovered Dora and Diego, which are great tools, and now momma has to be more diligent in speaking to her in Espaรฑol. If anyone has any other tips, I would welcome them. I love the look on my dad’s face when she speaks to him in Spanish (her favorite thing is “abuelo espera, espera” jajaja).
    Congratulations on your ever growing blog!

  • Reply diana July 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    what a beautiful series of events !

  • Reply Carla July 11, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Lovely story! Diego has his own show and I am sure you can find something published for Santi…. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Enzo has a series of French children’s’ books based on a little boy about 4 or 5 years old called Enzo, he loves them.

    Hugs, Carla x

  • Betty
    Reply Betty July 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Carla! I have to actually apologize to my friend Ofelia because she had a book personalized for Santi and I didn’t mention it here! ๐Ÿ™ Must do another post on that!!!
    Glad you found Enzo some books and how awesome that his mummy is fluent in French to read them to him!!! Love ya and miss you Carla! Thanks for commenting! xoxo
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