Making happy story times                  

About Copadego

Vision: Create stories that
make happy hearts.

Copadego Publishing was launched on February 16, 2006, by Yvonne Hayden for the purpose of publishing her own stories.

Yvonne has been writing for years as a hobby. She believes that story time should be fun, entertaining and uplifting.

Yo quiero pasteles/I Want Pasteles is the first children’s picture book published by Copadego.

It’s a fun Christmas story anyone can enjoy.

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About the Book        

Yo quiero pasteles/I Want Pasteles* is about the excitement of Christmas, the anticipation of happy times and holiday traditions. The main character, Merci, is a little Puerto Rican girl who loves her family’s traditional Christmas dish, pasteles , more than any other food.

With Christmas approaching, Merci is so excited about the pasteles that she just about drives her parents crazy by asking about making them since before Thanksgiving Day.

     * Pastel :  A savory pillow-shaped meat pie made with a plantain dough, a stewed meat filling, and boiled in banana leaves.

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About the Author      

Yvonne Hayden (also writing as Yvonne Torres-Hayden) discovered her love for writing in high school, where she was encouraged by her English teacher, Ms. Gelshenen.

While working as an administrative assistant, she self-published two books on everyday Excel which addressed common questions from coworkers. For years she has written the annual play she and her family perform on Christmas Eve for their own laughs and pleasure.

She’s excited about publishing her first children’s book, Yo quiero pasteles/I Want Pasteles. Several years ago Yvonne drew the first copy of this book with crayons as a gag gift for her sister.

Yvonne is an all-American girl of Puerto Rican descent. Yo quiero pasteles/I Want Pasteles is a celebration of her family culture and Christmas tradition. She lives in Arizona with her husband, Tom, who keeps her laughing.

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Bits and Pieces

Good Books-Fun Reads

Other authors' books you and your kids may enjoy:

Belly Button Book and The Going to Bed Book, both written by Sandra Boynton. Your kids will love her books. They're written in English, and some are available in Spanish.

Lola, By Loufane. A funny story about a non-conforming chicken. Dual-language (Spanish-English)

Abuelo and the Three Bears, By Jerry Tello. Soooo cute. A grandfather tells a grandson his own version of The Three Bears. Dual-language (Spanish-English)


Interested in learning about Puerto Rico? You'll enjoy a delightful overview in:

From Sea to Shining Sea Puerto Rico, by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin.

It's a nice little read for older kids that adults will enjoy too.

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Plantain Power

By Yvonne Hayden

Plantains are an essential ingredient in the masa of many pasteles recipes. But they're not just for pasteles. Go online to discover many delicious recipes.

Plantains are a staple in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and India.1 They provide fiber, potassium, vitamin C, Vitamin A and more.2

But this tasty, nutritious cooking banana should come with a warning label for newbies:  When the raw plantain is peeled, it oozes a white liquid that makes a brown stain on surfaces, including hands. The more porous the surface, the harder it is to remove. On fabric it may be impossible.

A couple of months ago, I got a small plantain stain on one of my favorite tee-shirts. I pre-treated with stain remover, rubbed in detergent, soaked it, and threw it in the wash with bleach. The stain was barely a half shade lighter.

After repeating this process six more times, it was almost gone. With victory so close, I worked in stain remover with a brush. Finally the stain was gone! Holding up the shirt in celebration, I realized the fabric was also gone.

Tips for handling raw plantains:

  • Wear plastic gloves. (If you get plantain hands, it will wear off in a couple of days. Rubbing your hands with sugar and lemon juice may get most of it off.)
  • Protect your work surface with wax paper, parchment paper, or an old towel.
  • Wear an apron—one you don’t mind staining.

    And then, have fun!

    1 https://www.fruitsandveggies morematters.org/plantain

    2 http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/ benefits-eating-plantains-3634.html

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    Chandler, AZ 85246
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