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Bella's Recipe for Success

Bella's Recipe for Success

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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Bella wants to find out what she's good at. But she quits everything she (barely) tries because she's a disaster at it. Her somersaults are like clumsy jirafas rolling downhill, her piano playing like elephant feet. When she decides to learn how to bake with her wise old abuela, her first attempt at dulce de leche frosting looks like scaly cocodrilo skin. She must learn it's okay to try again or she won't be good at anything. Peppered with Spanish vocabulary and set in an intergenerational Latinx home, Bella's Recipe for Success will show all kids the value of practicing to learn a new skill, and that it's okay to make mistakes along the way.

A recipe for Polvorones con Dulce de Leche is included at the back of the book so kids can have fun making their own.

Download the free Bella's Recipe for Success dulce de leche recipe and Spanish flashcards for kids to continue learning with Bella!


With a sprinkle of love and a dash of Abuela's encouragement, Bella's Recipe for Success is a warm reminder that we each have our own unique gifts, and not everyone is fabulosa on the first try. Young readers will find much to savor (including a recipe!) in Ana Siqueira's delicioso debut.

Anika Denise, author of A Girl Named Rosita, Planting Stories, and The Love Letter

"Children and adults alike will enjoy this multi-generational tale of a girl for whom achievement doesn't come easily. Little ones will laugh at her funny comparisons and identify with her failed attempts. They surely will be inspired, like Bella, to never give up and, ultimately, to enjoy the sweet taste of success. A fun recipe is a plus!"

Lynne Marie Pisano author of Let's Eat! Mealtime Around the World and The Star in the Christmas Play

Bella's Recipe for Success is a story about perseverance, persistence, and a special relationship. The heartwarming tale will remind readers that each of us is unique and special, with one-of-a-kind abilities.

Rob Sanders, author of Ruby Rose, Ball and Balloon, and Mayor Pete

Product Info

  • Format Picture Book
  • ISBN 9781506468105
  • eBook ISBN 9781506468952
  • Age Early Grades (5-8 years)
  • Dimensions 8.75 x 10.25
  • Pages 32
  • Publication Date July 13, 2021