Abigail Isaacoff



Before graduating with a BA in psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, Abigail Isaacoff began her writing career with a short story in the school’s literary journal. She works as a tour guide with NOLA Art Walk tours. A trip to Costa Rica spawned a lifelong fascination with and love of Latin American culture. Isaacoff lives in New Orleans, where lizards are plentiful, entertaining, and inspiring—an incident involving a suitcase-hitchhiking lizard planted the seed for her book.

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Bilingual Children’s Books: Spanish and English
with Abigail Isaacoff and Susan Holt Kralovansky
(Ages 3 to 8)


¿Que Vola, NOLA? What’s Up, NOLA?

From the vibrant jazz scenes and Spanish-colonial architecture to the food and weather, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Havana, Cuba, have much in common. And they are both home to anole lizards who love jazz!

After a jazz song lures Ramito through a hotel window in Havana, he crawls into a convenient, comfy suitcase for a nap. When he awakens, Ramito can't quite find the way back to his tree. His new friend Bernard, an American anole lizard, unsuccessfully tries to convince Ramito that he's in New Orleans. Is he? Readers of all ages will find the lush, tropical illustrations and the frustrated refrain of "but that is something we have in Havana" endlessly entertaining. In fact, they just might agree that the cities, and their inhabitants, share a lot!


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