Alba y Ocaso (Daybreak, Nightfall)

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Day and night, life and death are often seen as opposites. But they can also be understood as a continuum, one containing the other. Both ideas are expressed in these evocative poems by Jorge Elias Lujan. "An Apple in the Apple Orchard" describes a young boy and girl in the early morning playing hide-and-seek among the trees. "Pale as a Bone" places the same children on a carousel ride where a "Lady-as-Pale-as-a-Bone" is trying to choose whom to take with her. Illustrator Manuel Monroy artfully portrays both ...

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Manuel Monroy Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2003 Hard Cover New in New jacket 7 1/2 x 8 1/2. Text is in Spanish. El dia y la noche, la vida y la muerte, han sido vistos a menudo como ... opuestos. Sin embargo, tambien es posible concebirlos como ciclos continuous y complementarios. En estos poemas encontramos esos misterios bellamente representados, tanto de manera literal como simbolica. Read more Show Less

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Day and night, life and death are often seen as opposites. But they can also be understood as a continuum, one containing the other. Both ideas are expressed in these evocative poems by Jorge Elias Lujan. "An Apple in the Apple Orchard" describes a young boy and girl in the early morning playing hide-and-seek among the trees. "Pale as a Bone" places the same children on a carousel ride where a "Lady-as-Pale-as-a-Bone" is trying to choose whom to take with her. Illustrator Manuel Monroy artfully portrays both stories in a magic garden.

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Two enigmatic but hypnotic poems by the Argentina-born author of In My Hand constitute the text of this intriguing, often disquieting work. In "An Apple in the Orchard," a boy encounters a girl who "opens her mouth like a bewildered moon." Her hand "slides down/ her face from side to side" and "erases her mouth." In "Pale-as-Bone" a sinister-seeming Lady-as-Pale-as-a-Bone approaches the boy and girl as they ride the merry-go-round. Monroy, a Mexican artist, translates Luj n's elliptical imagery as a surreal sequence of scenes rendered in a deceptively childlike style. The results are dramatic, especially in the second poem, which becomes powerfully ominous. Lady-as-Pale-as-a-Bone resembles a cadaverous, ghostly moon and her streaming, night-blue hair is flecked with carrion crows. Like La Llorona, the weeping woman of Spanish folklore who wanders the streets looking for children to snatch, the lady frightens the two protagonists. She asks, "Which of these shall I carry off first?" Both poems wittily resolve the terror they evoke. In the first poem, the girl's "mouth slowly reappears on her face," as if it were "a moon returning/ from orbit around the apple"-or as if she were playing peek-a-boo ("Carahooria!"). In the second poem, the Lady takes neither boy nor girl but mounts a merry-go-round tin horse. Artistically complex, these tense poetic images may require considerable explication for younger audience members. Ages 8-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888995353
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 4/4/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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