Antonio's Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio

Antonio's Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio

by Rigoberto Gonzalez, Cecilia Alvarez, Cecilia Concepcion Alvarez, Cecilia Concepcion Alvarez
     
 

Antonio loves words, because words have the power to express feelings like love, pride, or hurt. Mother's Day is coming soon, and Antonio searches for the words to express his love for his mother and her partner, Leslie. But he's not sure what to do when his classmates make fun of Leslie, an artist, who towers over everyone and wears paint-splattered overalls. As…  See more details below

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Antonio loves words, because words have the power to express feelings like love, pride, or hurt. Mother's Day is coming soon, and Antonio searches for the words to express his love for his mother and her partner, Leslie. But he's not sure what to do when his classmates make fun of Leslie, an artist, who towers over everyone and wears paint-splattered overalls. As Mother's Day approaches, Antonio must choose whether — or how — to express his connection to both of the special women in his life.Rigoberto González's bilingual story about a nontraditional family resonates with all children who have been faced with speaking up for themselves or for the people they love. Cecilia Concepción Álvarez's paintings bring the tale to life in tender, richly hued detail.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Mother's Day is coming and Antonio has two special women in his life. One is his mother. The other is her partner, Leslie. Antonio is excited to make a card for both of them. Since he loves to use special words to express himself, he writes f-a-m-i-l-y/f-a-m-i-l-i-a and draws a picture of all three of them together sitting under a tree. After school one day Leslie comes to meet Antonio. Antonio overhears his peers making fun of the way she looks. As a result, he becomes torn between two worlds. Suddenly he is reticent about Leslie coming to the school for their Mother's Day card display. Antonio thinks hard about what to do. In the end Leslie shows Antonio a mother's day gift she has made his mother. It is a painting of the three of them sitting under a tree together. Antonio feels so lucky to have his unique family that he invites Leslie to his school display. This wonderfully-crafted story depicts a familiar dilemma for many children as life at home and life at school are often at odds. The author writes a story that invites tolerance and appreciation for differences while celebrating what is also common to everyone, the need for love, family, and acceptance. The illustrations are pleasant and expressive. The text is in both Spanish and English. 2004, Children's Book Press, Ages 8 up.
—Michelle Negron Bueno
Kirkus Reviews
Antonio has discovered the problem of words: As much as he loves spelling new words and reading with his mother and her life-partner Leslie, some of the children in his school use words cruelly when Leslie comes to meet him after school. They think she looks like a clown or even a man. As he begins to be ashamed of Leslie, he learns anew that all people and families are different, but united by love, when Leslie shows him the painting she has created for Mother's Day: the three of them picnicking and reading under a tree. While homosexual partners are the subtext of the story, the focus is not sexuality but individual difference. Alvarez's illustrations are large, richly hued paintings, featuring sharp edges and simplified realistic forms. Possibly a first of its kind and a worthy leader. (Picture book. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892392049
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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