The Treasure on Gold Street / El Tesoro en la Calle d'Oro
About the Book
Hannah loves her friend Isabel. Isabel doesn’t criticize. She’s never in a hurry. And—unlike other grownups and some bigger kids—she doesn’t tell Hannah what to do. But the day comes when Hannah begins to realize that Isabel is different. On Isabel’s birthday, everyone on Gold Street recognizes that she is the neighborhood’s real treasure.
Lee Byrd is the author of the award-winning collection of short stories, My Sister Disappears (SMU Press, 1993), and co-publisher of Cinco Puntos Press. She likes to spend her spare time with the children of the El Paso neighborhood where she and her family have made their home for the last 25 years.
About the Book
Lee Merrill Byrd, novelist and publisher, was born and raised in New Jersey but has spent most of her life in the Southwest. In 1985, with her husband, poet Bobby Byrd, she founded Cinco Puntos Press, a publishing company named after their neighborhood in El Paso, Texas. In October 2003, Cinco Puntos published Lee’s first picture book for children, The Treasure on Gold Street, A Neighborhood Story in Spanish and English. It received a Skipping Stones Honor Book Award, a Southwest Book Award, a Paterson Poetry Center Prize, and a Teddy Award from the Texas Writers League.
Francisco Delgado, a fronterizo artist, was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua in 1974. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Art. His paintings have been on book covers, in national art exhibits, private collections and community institutions. Delgado’s picture books include ¡Si, Se Puede! and Juanito Counts to Ten. He also provided the illustrations for Out of Their Minds, by Luis Humberto Crosthwaite.
Antonio Castro L., born in Zacatecas, Mexico, has lived in the Juarez-‐‑El Paso area for
most of his life. The illustrator of dozens of children’s books, this is his fourth
collaboration with Joe.
Paterson Poetry Center Children’s Book Award, 2004
Texas Institute of Letters, finalist for Children’s Book Award
Southwest Book Award
Teddy Award, Texas Writers’ League