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The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party

by Dr. Ida Acuña-Garza

About The Book

The Birthday Party

This is a story about a young girl named Sofia who is very excited about her upcoming birthday because it represents a big step in her life.  That big step is moving from ages 9 to 10.  In her mind Sofia feels that moving to age with two digits means she’s one step closer to being a tween-ager and then a teenager and then being able to do more things in life.

Sofia waits patiently to hear someone in her family talking about plans for her birthday party. Her birthday is two weeks away but surely her mom should be asking her what type of party theme she wants!  Both her parents work and are busy all the time.  Her little brother is only six so he just goes along with family plans – no questions asked.  

Maybe everyone in her family forgot her birthday.  A week before her birthday Sofia decides she’s going to plan her own party.  She makes her own invitations and decorations and plans the refreshments.  The day of her party her family decides to have a family outing.  Sofia is totally upset and tries to figure out how to stall the family but has no luck.  Her birthday is totally ruined until she arrives at the park for a big surprise.

Publication date June 21,2022
Language English
ISBN (Paperback)
979-8-88622-389-7 (E-BOOK)
Genre Fiction, Children's Book / Picture Book
Pages 26
Interior Color Full Color
Book Size 8.500" x 8.500" (216mm x 216mm)

About The Author

Dr. Ida Acuña-Garza recently retired as chief executive officer for the South Texas Coalition. She is the owner of Successful Lifestyles, LLC, an educational consulting firm. She has engaged in community outreach for over forty years—as county extension agent for Family and Consumer Sciences and as director of research for a parent outreach program. She received doctor’s degree in adult education at Texas A&M University in College Station in 1990; master’s degree in counseling and guidance from the University of Texas-Pan American in 1978; and bachelor’s degree in home economics, specializing in food and nutrition from Texas A&M University in Kingsville in 1970. She has also authored a number of children’s books—The Adventures of Callie: Callie Finds a Home, The Adventures of Callie: Callie’s New Friends, The Cat Who Ate Spinach, Super Copper: Yoga Cat, From the Windowpane: A Book About the Pandemic, and The Birthday Party. To her, writing children’s books is a means to help parents teach life skills to children, promote reading, comprehension, and life-long learning. 


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