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The Boy Made of Lightning

The First Children's Book on the Life of Voting Rights Pioneer Willie Velasquez

This book is available for download with Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. Apple Books on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.


A lyrical treatment for children, of the story of Willie Velasquez from San Antonio, Texas who registered millions of Latinos to vote.

The narrative includes original  art, music, pop-up video windows , translations & sound effects. 

Mr. Willie Velasquez received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President William J. Clinton in 1995.

Narrated by Congressman Joaquin Castro.

What's New in Version 1.3

updated pages


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Customer Reviews

Great Story!

Well-written and engaging; I had never heard of Willie. We need more stories like this. Totally enjoyed it.


Wow, it's great to see an iBook about a Mexican-American activist. A true breath of fresh air. The story reads well, involves technology and has great narration! The videos are very professional. The book is very insightful and I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in a great story that not many people know about.

Voting & Democracy!

Excellent writing by Barbara translating a great activist life lessons to advance and protect Voting Rights that children can understand....that staying in school & learning can help many see change by exercising democracy! Historical information about a young Latino leader , Willie Velasquez that even an adult can learn from & share with others thru video, music & more!

The Boy Made of Lightning
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  • Free
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Education
  • Published: May 24, 2014
  • Publisher: AALAS
  • Seller: Joseph Lopez
  • Print Length: 32 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.3
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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