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Children's LiteratureChildren enjoy reading tall tales. Colon's unique style of an intriguing combination of watercolor washes, colored litho pencils, and etching give this tale a sense of something that happened a long time ago. In this tale they meet Dona Flor, who is a giant. When Flor was young, her mother sang to her. Her mother's songs made the corn stalks grow as tall as trees and they made Flor grow very tall too. Imagine what happens when Flor walks, when she sings. Every day Flor makes corn tortillas for the people in her village. What they do not eat of the giant tortillas they use for other things, such as a roof for their home, a raft for sailing, and much more. Flor wants everyone to feel at home in her house. She tells the people and animals, "Mi casa es su casa." They call her Dona Flor because they respect her. One day, no one comes to get any corn tortillas. When Dona Flor finds out that everyone stayed indoors because they heard a huge lion near their village, she goes to look for the lion. It takes her a few days to find this lion. The reader will be surprised to find out what is making the loud roars. This book is a great addition to a reading curriculum. Teachers can use it to discuss fiction, truth, and exaggeration, as well as to develop reading comprehension techniques. 2005, Alfred A. Knopf, Ages 5 to 8.