NEW BOOK RELEASE [en español]
Spanish edition of popular children’s book Night Catch
(St. Paul, MN)—Elva Resa Publishing, an award-winning independent publisher specializing in books for and about military families, is pleased to announce the October 26, 2021 release of the children’s picture book ¡Atrapa la estrella! by Brenda Ehrmantraut, translated by Ana Stevenson, and illustrated by retired artist Vicki Wehrman. The book is a lyrical, contextual translation of Brenda’s popular book Night Catch, a favorite among military children since 2005.
When a soldier has to go to the other side of the world for his work, he and his son play a game with the North Star. “Not ball as usual in the park, but something special after dark.”
—No será el mismo juego que solíamos hacer, sino algo muy especial cada atardecer.
Brenda wrote Night Catch while her brother was in the Middle East on military assignment. She wanted to create a story that would connect and comfort his family during their year apart. The story was written to be timeless and appeal to any two people separated by circumstances. Using the North Star as a common point of reference, the story helps families feel connected, even when they are separated.
¡Atrapa la estrella! is especially for children with US military parents who prefer to read children’s books in Spanish. According to the Department of Defense, approximately 16 percent of US active-duty military members identify as Hispanic or Latinx and represent the fastest-growing population.
The English edition of the book is a popular staple in national literacy and military family programs, including United Through Reading and Military Child Education Coalition’s parent programs. A full-dome planetarium show of the book was produced by Mayborn Science Theater in Killeen, Texas.
About the Author
Brenda Ehrmantraut is an education leader who was inspired to create a story that would connect and comfort her brother’s family during his deployment. She has worked as a teacher, author, and currently as a state education leader for literacy skills. She lives with her husband in the Northern Great Plains, where wide-open spaces make it easy to spot the Big Dipper in the night sky.
About the Translator
Ana Stevenson has been a multilingual, multicultural translator for 25 years. Born in Santiago, Chile, she has traveled extensively and lived on four continents. She currently lives in Washington, DC, where she works in clinical social work with trauma survivors.
ELVA RESA PUBLISHING LLC is an award-winning, mission-driven independent publisher based in St. Paul, Minnesota, specializing in quality resources for and about military families.
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¡Atrapa la estrella! releases October 26, 2021, on National Day of the Deployed.
Available everywhere books are sold.
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Title: ¡Atrapa la estrella!
Author: Brenda Ehrmantraut
Illustrator: Vicki Wehrman
Translator: Ana Stevenson
Editor: Gabriella Aldeman
Publisher: Elva Resa Publishing
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Format: 10″ x 8.5″ Children’s picture book, paperback, 32 pages
Retail Price: $9.95
Case Quantity: 100
Also available as a fixed-format ebook, ISBN 978‐1‐934617‐66-3, $8.99.
Book press page: ElvaResa.com/book/Atrapa-la-estrella
Author press page: ElvaResa.com/author‐illustrator/Brenda-Ehrmantraut
¡Atrapa la estrella! is the Spanish edition of Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut, ISBN 9781934617281, which has sold 70,000+ copies.
October 26: National Day of the Deployed
November: National Military Family Appreciation Month
November 11: Veteran’s Day