Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas

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Now available in paperback, poet Juan Felipe Herrera’s bilingual memoir paints a vivid picture of his migrant farmworker childhood. His rich, evocative prose re-creates the joy of eating under the open sky, celebrating at a fiesta with other farm families, and listening to his mother singing Mexican songs and his father calling the doves. “A welcome alternative to the usually bleak portrayal of the migrant farmworker experience, this is an inspirational self-portrait of a loving...
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Overview

Now available in paperback, poet Juan Felipe Herrera’s bilingual memoir paints a vivid picture of his migrant farmworker childhood. His rich, evocative prose re-creates the joy of eating under the open sky, celebrating at a fiesta with other farm families, and listening to his mother singing Mexican songs and his father calling the doves. “A welcome alternative to the usually bleak portrayal of the migrant farmworker experience, this is an inspirational self-portrait of a loving Latino family.” — Booklist

The author recalls his childhood in the mountains and valleys of California with his farmworker parents who inspired him with poetry and song.

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Gr 1-3-A rich, personal narrative about growing up as a migrant farmworker. Herrera relates how he learned to love the land from his father, and poetry from his mother. He uses lyrical passages to portray everyday life, e.g., the ritual of breakfast: ``The sky was my blue spoon,/the wavy clay of the land was my plate.'' The colored-pencil and acrylic illustrations are bright and at times fanciful. Simmons's artwork brings to life Herrera's words, which are printed in both English and Spanish, and reinforces his imagery. The page layout varies, but is appropriate for the mood of the story. The combination of a beautiful text and radiant paintings makes Calling the Doves an excellent bilingual picture book.-Maria Redburn, Collier County Public Library, Immokalee, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892391660
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: Bilingual Spanish-English
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 347,879
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 9.79 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007

    As opposed to The Grapes of Wrath - in mood

    This tale tells of how anyone can be happy no matter how bleek their life might seem. Usually someone's life only appears rough to others, but for those who live it, it might be something very special as it is in this book. Migrant farmers don't live an easy life, as all know, but when the work is over they celebrate their hard work and have a great time, which is something very special as compared to wealthy people who celebrate every day and think nothing special of celebrating whenever a holiday, birthday or any other occasion comes along. The poor have always appreciated life more than the wealthy since they're not afraid to live it.

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