Family Pictures: Cuadros de familia

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Family Pictures is the story of Carmen Lomas Garza's girlhood: celebrating birthdays, making tamales, finding a hammerhead shark on the beach, picking cactus, going to a fair in Mexico, and confiding to her sister her dreams of becoming an artist. These day-to-day experiences are told through fourteen vignettes of art and a descriptive narrative, each focusing on a different aspect of traditional Mexican American culture. The English-Spanish text and vivid illustrations reflect the author's strong sense of family...
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Overview

Family Pictures is the story of Carmen Lomas Garza's girlhood: celebrating birthdays, making tamales, finding a hammerhead shark on the beach, picking cactus, going to a fair in Mexico, and confiding to her sister her dreams of becoming an artist. These day-to-day experiences are told through fourteen vignettes of art and a descriptive narrative, each focusing on a different aspect of traditional Mexican American culture. The English-Spanish text and vivid illustrations reflect the author's strong sense of family and community. For Mexican Americans, Carmen Lomas Garza offers a book that reflects their lives and traditions. For others, this work offers insights into a beautifully rich community.

The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in a Hispanic community in Texas.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Today, with her family's continuous support, courage and dedication, Carmen Garza's hopes for a brilliant future as an artist have become a reality. In gratitude to those who helped her achieve this goal, Mexican-American Garza has generously afforded readers a glimpse of her cherished childhood in a poor rural Hispanic community. Her daily activities and fond memories are related in paintings that celebrate birthdays, making tamales and finding a hammerhead shark on the beach. The vibrant, canvaslike illustrations, accentuated with ``papel picado''--images on the text pages--evoke powerful feelings of Garza's love for family and community despite the hardships she encountered while growing up. Readers of various ethnic origins should use this exemplary bilingual book as a litmus test for exploring diversities of multicultural lifestyles; Family Pictures will shed some much-needed light on society's cultural barriers. Ages 6-12. (July)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
The bilingual English/Spanish Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia is the story of writer/artist Garza's childhood in a Hispanic community. The loving family makes tamales together, goes to a fair, and celebrates birthday. The young girl in the story longs to become an artist and receives support from her mother, who works hard to ensure her daughter's dreams of the future come true.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-- An inspired celebration of American cultural diversity in English and Spanish. Lomas Garza presents a charming series of paintings while relating remembrances of her childhood in Kingsville, Texas, near the Mexican border. The brilliantly colored images teem with life and exude the glow of nostalgia. Lomas Garza's vignettes are similar in their primitive folk style to those of Grandma Moses. Whether it's the family eating watermelon on the porch, Grandfather taking a skinned rabbit into the kitchen for dinner, or a dead hammerhead shark on the beach, each moment is fully captured in all its freshness and immediacy. The English text is simple and reads smoothly, but it is Zubizarreta's Spanish rendition that has real verve and style. From the exquisite cut-paper images on the text pages, to the brilliant paintings, to the strong family bonds expressed in the text, Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia is a visual feast, and an aural delight. --Ann Welton, University Child Development School, Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892391080
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish Language Edition
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2005

    Amazing

    I love this book! I think this book is wonderful because it's about mexican people. I just love the colorful pictures and the best part yet is it's in spanish and english. So if you only talk in spanish you could also read it!!!...

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