Meet Rebekha and Joy Delgado

What a treat we have for you today! Publisher, illustrator Joy Delgado joins us accompanied with loads of information about the book Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa is written by author Rebekha Delgado and illustrated by Joy Delgado. Welcome Joy and Rebekha!

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Purchase Info:

Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa by Rebekha Delgado
Picture book ISBN: 978-0-9755454-1-6 $11.95
Activity Book ISBN: 978-0-9755454-2-3 $ 4.95
Teacher’s guide ISBN: 978-0-9755454-3-0 $ 8.95

What are others saying about Zooprise Party?

When Sally the zookeeper wishes Mori the okapi a Happy Birthday, Lito, the nosiest of all
the gerenuks, is listening at the fence between the two exhibits. Follow along as he gets Elvis
the king vulture to help him plan and pull off a surprise party for Mori. Will Mori be surprised?
How will all the animals in the zoo get to the party?

This book is the joint effort of author Rebekha Delgado and illustrator Joy Delgado. What started out as a family project, this entertaining picture book has taken flight! A fully bilingual,
English/Spanish, story that has an activity book and a teacher’s guide to go with it, this trio truly goes beyond reading.

Intended as a read-aloud for small children or for older children to read it for themselves, it can be purchased at, Target,com and the publisher’s website.3 To learn more about Zooprise Party/Fiesta Zoorpresa and gets lots of free activities, visit

This is a very different book! I’ve seen some other bilingual books before, but none quite like Zooprise Fiesta. On each page of this fun story, you will find the English version on the lefthand side and the Spanish version of the same tale on the righthand side. It’s a sweet little story and one that your kids will enjoy hearing over and over again. If you have bilingual children or are working on teaching either English OR Spanish as a second language, this book would certainly fit right in.

As a homeschooling parent, I was especially excited to see the accompanying books. The workbook is full of fun pages for children to fill in and do – all accompanying the story and making it “come to life”. My eight year old daughter enjoyed reading the book, but she’s spending much more time working through the sheets in the workbook. There are fill-in-the-blanks, coloring pages, matching, word search, crossword puzzles and more. She is having to refer back to the book to find answers to some of the questions, making this a very educational (yet fun) adventure. The Teacher’s Guide contains great lead-in questions, lots of extra information about the zoo characters in the book, and both art and game ideas – enough to turn this book into a mini-unit-study.
Heidi Strawser – Reviews by Heidi

A delightful and entertaining bilingual story of friendship is waiting to be discovered in
Zooprise Party by Rebekha Delgado. Mori the okapi is celebrating a birthday, but no one seems to care–not even his nosy neighbor, Lito the gerenuk. What do Lito and Elvis the king vulture know that Mori doesn’t?
This is a wonderful book that will be enjoyed by young people (ages 3 – 8) in many parts of the world. Told in English and Spanish, your child will learn about friendship and a variety of interesting animals. The author‘s love and knowledge of animals is obvious throughout the book as she assigns human traits to these zoo creatures whom your children will love and adore.
Illustrator Joy Delgado did an excellent job of bringing these characters to life. Her attention to detail and the fun and lighthearted appearance of Mori and friends will be a big hit with young readers. And through most of the pages there is a wild rabbit hopping around. Though not mentioned in the book, I wondered if he/she has a story of his/her own to tell.
The text is large and clear so that children who are reading on their own will have no problem understanding the words. My girls (ages 7 and 5) picked up on the fact that each main character has his own colored text in the story, so that the words “Mori” and “okapi” always appear in purple, “Lito” and “gerenuk” in green, and “Elvis” and “king vulture” in red. This allowed them to relate which animal went with which name easily.
Also available is the Zooprise Party Activity Book, filled with crossword puzzles, color by number pages, search-a-words, and connect the dots, and mazes. There are also coloring pages that ask questions about the book and the back page has bookmarks for your child to cut out and share with friends.
There is also a Teacher’s Guide that will help educators introduce children in Grades K – 3 to a variety of topics that coincide with the book. From Language Arts to Math and Science, this guide will provide educators with many ideas to help children learn about themselves, others, and animals. You’ll find more activities, crafts, recipes, and animal facts at Party by Rebekha Delgado is a book that should be on every young reader‘s bookshelf, though I doubt it will stay there long because they’ll be too busy reading it.Cheryl Malandrinos – Reviewer


About the Author
Rebekha always knew she wanted to spend her life working with animals. She never lost sight of that dream. She started her ‘career’ working with animals in elementary school by writing about them. One of her poems, ‘Wish’, was published in a national poetry contest. It is about wishing that she was a wolf, for only a day or two. In high school, she continued to write about animals and even entered her writing in local contests.

After high school she went to the University of Florida where she received her B.A. in Anthropology. She then attended the Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo and earned her A.S. in Zoo Animal Technology. While she was there, she wrote Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa, and several other stories not published yet.
Upon graduation, Rebekha began working at an AZA accredited zoo in Orlando where she still works today.
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  1. I think it's so wonderful to work with animals… and on top of that she's an author! How can you top that?


  2. JenGreat information. Thanks for sharing.Shari Lyle-Soffe


  3. Joy says:

    Rebekha loves her job. She actually decided on being a zookeeper when she was 4 years old! Thanks for stopping by.Joy DelgadoIllustrator and publisher of bilingual children’s books


  4. Kim Chatel says:

    I'm jealous! I wish I'd had the foresight to become a zookeeper! Great review!


  5. Margot Finke says:

    WOW! What a talented twosome Joy and Rebekah are. I love the animal characters on Joy'sLaughing Zebra Books for Children. Her illos are way beyond cute. It's a delightfully written book kids will love.This is a collaboration we need to see, more of.::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Books That HOOK Reluctant Readershttp://www.margotfinke.com


  6. I have Joy's book and just love the animals, colors and story line. It seems anything with animals is such a huge hit with children also. They can relate to the animals and learn so much. Without realizing they are even learning! :)~Barbara TechelAuthor & Proud mom of Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Doghttp://www.frankiethewalknrolldog.blogspot.com2009 Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame Inductee


  7. Joy says:

    Kim, When ever we talk about what Rebekha does for a living with other people, they say exactly the same thing!Margot, It's great working with my daughter. I'm glad you like my art, that means a lot.Barb, I agree. Maybe that's why so many of us write books with talking animals.Joy DelgadoIllustrator and publisher of bilingual children’s books


  8. Joy says:

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  9. Joy says:

    Jennifer,'Thanks for being a great host.Joy DelgadoIllustrator and publisher of bilingual children’s books


  10. Thanks for being a great guest 🙂


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