“An understanding of two different languages can be gained through bilingual fiction. Payshapes and the Bear is a collection of short stories presented in both Spanish and English for young readers to help them gain a greater grasp of both languages. With charming illustrations throughout, the stories are sure to bring smiles to child readers, making Payshapes and the Bear a must for any bilingual children's fiction collection.”
— Midwest Book Review, July 2009

Lucina Kathmann

Born in the United States, Lucina Kathmann has lived in the Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende for over 30 years. In her position as an International Vice President of International PEN, she travels the world meeting writers working in interesting and dangerous situations. At home in San Miguel, she is the mother of eight children, six of whom she and her partner Charles Kuschinski inherited one night 20 years ago when Lucina’s best friend died in childbirth.

Lucina is a novelist, short story writer, journalist, and essayist in Spanish and English. She also edits the trilingual publication Network/Le Réseau/La Red, by and about women writers.

A Forest of Mathematics is a novel and math book at once. The animal characters in a forest present negative numbers, Cartesian coordinates, exponents, fractions, decimals and percents through "real-life" (of the forest) situations, worksheets included, and a young dragon who was going wrong is redeemed through math. Tweens, teens and imaginative adults.

Payshapes and the Bear is a family effort that began with two-year-old Daniel demanding stories before he would go to sleep. Daniel created the Payshapes character, his older brother Nicholas helped develop the story ideas, and Lucina wrote the tales based on these imaginative bedtime narrations: Somewhere in Latin America, a man named Payshapes (Péxeps in Spanish) lives in the deep forest. He and his best friend Bear (who is a bear) have many lighthearted adventures with a recurring cast of characters including a few dragons. Payshapes and the Bear is an Award-winning Finalist in the 2011 Children's Fiction category of "The International Book Awards". 

 

Selected Books

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Payshapes and the Bear

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Forest of Mathematics


“An understanding of two different languages can be gained through bilingual fiction. Payshapes and the Bear is a collection of short stories presented in both Spanish and English for young readers to help them gain a greater grasp of both languages. With charming illustrations throughout, the stories are sure to bring smiles to child readers, making Payshapes and the Bear a must for any bilingual children's fiction collection.”
— Midwest Book Review, July 2009

Payshapes and the Bear have had a place in my heart ever since I met them. They are beloved characters with a life of their own.”
— Martha Cerda, winner of the 2007 Ibargüengoitia Prize

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Lucina Kathmann