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Positivity, encouragement, and a good sense of humor are the name of the game for Frango and his friend Chicken. No disability can overcome that combination!
Some things seem impossible, but with the right attitude and the help of a friend, you can do more than you ever thought you could.
The adventures of Frango and Chicken are inspired by the true story of a young man in Brazil who has had to overcome physical challenges since infancy. By maintaining a positive attitude and sense of humor, he shows all of us how to live without limits.
“Set in Rio de Janeiro, the story of Frango and Chicken is astute and contains invaluable lessons for young children. The story examines the importance of friendship and the key roles that should be played by those who share a common bond. Frango continuously encourages Chicken while Chicken helps Frango in his activities. The illustrations in the book reflect the activities of the two friends beautifully as the images are both unique and colorful. Elena Stowell also selects an amusing friend for Frango. Chicken is a comical character who enriches the story and makes it enthralling right from the start. Frango & Chicken is inspired by Luciano “Frango” Mariano, a jiu-jitsu martial art student. With both of his arms having been amputated at three years of age, Frango is an inspiration to young people who have dreams in life yet obstacles stand against them. He holds his dream to be a world champion dearly and works daily to achieve it, despite the challenges that surround him. Definitely a great read!” ~~ Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
“The story of Frango & Chicken exemplifies the amazing life lessons and principles that are passed from teacher to student through the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Elena has a unique way conveying positivity through adversity while maintaining the narrative and effectively delivering the underlying message, all in a fun and whimsical manner.” ~~ James Foster, 3rd-degree black belt, IBJJF Master World Champion, owner and head instructor of Foster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
"This book has it all … colorful illustrations, multicultural appeal, and a wonderful story of friendship. Children will love the story of Frango & Chicken.” ~~ Janice White, teacher-librarian, Seattle
“Elena Stowell, author and illustrator, uses a distinctive artistic collage style, which is both playful and engaging for readers of all ages. To illustrate her latest children’s book, Frango & Chicken, Elena cobbles together the simple ingredients of childhood magic; colored paper, paste, and scissors! Elena has captured the heart and soul of Brazil in this charming tale, using effective writing and authentic characters served up as a visual feast for the reader. Elena’s enchanting story is based on a real-life hero, Frango and his sidekick chicken. Her captivating illustrations are reminiscent of author/ illustrator Eric Carle’s whimsical children’s books. Artist Pablo Picasso once said, ‘It has taken me a lifetime to learn to paint as a child.’ Elena’s work clearly captures the spontaneity of childhood expression with the technical mastery of her craft. ~~ Leslie Cronkhite Armstrong, children’s book illustrator
“What a great book, with a beautiful display of how adversity only exists in the mind. I really like the artwork—it gives a humble and authentic feel to the story.” ~~ Maximiliano Uloa, Maximiliano Uloa, para-jiu jitsu athlete, founder of Para Jiu-Jitsu Magazine