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    Cindy Mauro Reisenauer

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Puddle Jump Press is pleased to announce two Honorable Mention Awards for its book, Emerita. This compelling immigrant story is written and illustrated by Cindy Mauro Reisenauer, a local educator from Pearl River, NY. 

Emerita is the story of a little girl’s journey by ocean liner from a Caribbean island to the United States to begin a new life with relatives in New York City. The story is recalled by her granddaughter. Emerita was inspired by the author’s grandmother who came from Puerto Rico many years ago.

Emerita received  a Runner Up Award at the DIY Book Festival and Honorable Mention in four very prestigious contests: The 2009 San Francisco Book Festival, the 2008 International Latino Book Awards, the 2008 New York Book Festival and the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival. The awards are are listed on the following websites:



 (under “Children’s Book” Category)


 (under “Best Children’s Picture Book – English” Category)


(under "Children’s Book” Category)



(under "Children’s Book” Category)

Cindy is a Visual Arts Teacher in Suffern, NY. Emerita is her first authored work. She pays tribute to the historical contributions of Latino immigrants who have established strong roots in many area communities. Countless families will see their own experiences reflected in Emerita. You may contact Cindy through Puddle Jump Press to discuss Emerita or to schedule an appearance.