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From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la Luna y otros poemas de verano
     

From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la Luna y otros poemas de verano

by Francisco X. Alarcon, Maya Christina Gonzales (Illustrator)
 
Inspired by his poignant recollections of magical childhood summers in Mexico, the author of "Laughing Tomatoes" presents a new collection of poems that celebrate family and the joys of summer. 15 color illustrations.

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Inspired by his poignant recollections of magical childhood summers in Mexico, the author of "Laughing Tomatoes" presents a new collection of poems that celebrate family and the joys of summer. 15 color illustrations.

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Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
This wonderful collection of 22 poems, each presented in both English and Spanish, were inspired by the summers Francisco Alarcon spent in Mexico as a child. In an afterword, he writes that Mexico is a place where "all senses come alive." The poet uses those wide-awake senses to paint subtle, lovely pictures, such as the delights of going barefoot on grass ("Mother Earth loves to tickle our bare feet"), looking into a sunflower ("Somewhat a flower, somehow the sun"), or playing in the ocean ("Can question marks by any chance really be little seahorses?"). Maya Christina Gonzalez has illustrated in a simple, almost childlike style that utterly suits the words. Her paintings of adults and children together have a real warmth and sweetness. Alarcon and Gonzalez collaborated on a previous collection of children's poetry, "Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems."
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
This bilingual collection of poems, told from the perspective of children, is a delight to read alone or aloud. The author has captured the essence of summer, family, and children at play in his evocative, lighthearted poems. (Gr 1-3) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
With the alternate title, Del Ombligo de la Luna y otros poemas de verano, this exuberant collection, in both English and Spanish, is illustrated in bold, brilliant swathes of color that recall Mexican folk art and textiles. Each poem sits near its twin, and it's fun, even for non-Spanish speakers, to compare the two versions and learn the words. Most are simple and celebratory: the sound of a dog's bark in the two languages; a favorite cow named Mariposa; the joys of an aunt's breakfast. Alarc�n celebrates summers spent with relatives in Mexico, where a grandmother taught him that Mexico is Aztec for "bellybutton of the moon." Some poems, such as "Water Wheel/Rueda Agua" and "Sea/Mar" are shaped on their accompanying image. A few, such as "Girasol/Sunflower," are tiny and perfect in either language: "algo/de flor/algo/de sol" translates to "somewhat/a flower/somehow/a sun." Ideal for summer story hours or warm reminiscing all winter long. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892391530
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Edition description:
Spanish Language Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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