Family Pictures / Cuadros de familia (15th Anniversary Edition/Edicion Quinceanera)

Family Pictures / Cuadros de familia (15th Anniversary Edition/Edicion Quinceanera)

by Carmen Lomas Garza, Carmen Lomas Garza, Pat Mora, Sandra Cisneros
     
 

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Family Pictures is the story of Carmen Lomas Garza's girlhood in Kingsville, Texas: celebrating birthdays, making tamales, picking cactus, and confiding to her sister her dreams of becoming an artist. These day-to-day experiences are told through fifteen paintings and stories, each focusing on a different aspect of Carmen’s traditional Mexican American

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Family Pictures is the story of Carmen Lomas Garza's girlhood in Kingsville, Texas: celebrating birthdays, making tamales, picking cactus, and confiding to her sister her dreams of becoming an artist. These day-to-day experiences are told through fifteen paintings and stories, each focusing on a different aspect of Carmen’s traditional Mexican American culture growing up.The paintings and stories reflect the author's strong sense of family and community and demonstrate how her mother's love and hard work helped Carmen achieve her dream. For the hundreds of thousands of Mexican Americans, Carmen Lomas Garza offers a book that reflects their lives and cultural traditions. For others, this beautiful work will offer insights into a fascinating life and a rich community.Sandra Cisneros provided the introduction and Pat Mora the afterword for this touchstone of Latino children’s literature.This book is bilingual (English and Spanish).

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892392070
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
03/16/2005
Edition description:
15th Anniversary Bilingual Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
90,723
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.62(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile:
AD790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 10 Years

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