Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet In Spanish And English

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In simple words and sun-drenched paintings, Alma Flor Ada and Sim?n Silva take us into the fields and orchards, and into the lives of the people who work them. Simple poems in Spanish and English, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet, describe the wonder of the vegetable and fruit farms. Together, the poems and the rich illustrations celebrate the glory of nature and the hearts of all who dedicate their lives to working the land.

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Overview

In simple words and sun-drenched paintings, Alma Flor Ada and Simón Silva take us into the fields and orchards, and into the lives of the people who work them. Simple poems in Spanish and English, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet, describe the wonder of the vegetable and fruit farms. Together, the poems and the rich illustrations celebrate the glory of nature and the hearts of all who dedicate their lives to working the land.

A book of poems about working in the fields and nature's bounty, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tim Whitney
This book is more than a mere collection of alphabetized nature poems, but a celebration of the way of life of Mexican farmworkers. Each Spanish poem addresses an aspect of life; the main concept corresponding to a letter in the Spanish alphabet. The English translation is accurate and still maintains the flavor and rhythm of the original Spanish. Silva's illustrations in the form of paintings make this a beautiful picture book as well.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Alma Flor Ada's bilingual Gathering the Sun is a stunning celebration of farm workers, their families, the land they sow and the harvests they reap, from "Arboles-Trees...that bear the fruits/that my parents harvest." to "Zanahoria-Carrot ...[that] knows/the sun's fiery color/by heart." Artist Simon Silva's powerful gouaches are in the rich reds and oranges of sun-drenched farmlands.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 5An alphabet book with exceptional illustrations and excellent poetry that gives voice to the experience of Hispanic agricultural workers. Each letter is matched with a Spanish word (for example, "Arboles" for "A") and accompanied by a poem in both Spanish and English that describes how the plant, fruit, vegetable, person, or feeling functions in the lives of these workers. Zubizarreta's English translations are informed and graceful, but predictably cannot match the Spanish originals in rhythm, assonance, or meter. Silva's vibrant, double-page, gouache illustrations are reminiscent of the artwork of Diego Rivera and Jos Clemente Orozco. The colors are brilliant, and the scope has a certain larger-than-life sense to it. This is a book that begs to be read aloud to all students, whether they are Spanish speaking or not. The sound of the poems will draw them in. The touching elegy for Csar Chvez successfully imparts the impact of a heroic man on his people. Whether used to show the plight of migrant workers or the pride Hispanic laborers feel in their heritage, this is an important book.Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688170677
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish Language Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 188,048
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alma Flor Ada is an internationally published children's book author. She is the recipient of several prestigious honors, including the Pura Belpré Award, the Christopher Award, the José Martí World Award, and the Museum of Tolerance Award. She lives in Lucas Valley, California.

Alma Flor Ada es una autora de libros para niños reconocida y publicada internacionalmente. Ha recibido varios premios prestigiosos en Estados Unidos, entre ellos, el Pura Belpré y el José Martí. Alma Flor vive en San Francisco, California.

Simóon SilvaHaving grown up a part of a migrant-working family, Simón Silva says, "I grew up with a certain amount of shame about who I was, and it wasn'tuntil I came to understand and appreciate my culture that I was able to find true purpose for myself and my art." This is Simón Silva's first book.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    One of the most BEAUTIFUL books in Spanish /English I have EVER purchased for my 7 year old daughter.

    The first time I saw this book I knew it would be a keeper for my family and I. Both my husband and I enjoyed all the pictures as well as the english/spanish translations. We knew our daughter would also enjoy the book and we were right! Our daughter stated that she could not wait for our visit to the west coast in June to show her grandparents the book.

    My husband and I wanted a book that we could introduce more spanish words to our daughter's vocabulary and this was definitely it and as an added bonus the illustrations are gorgeous! I also wanted to show her a little bit of family history and it also did that. I love the way the book showed the togetherness of family and to us that is beautiful. The book was extremely educational for our 7 year old child. this was also a book our child could read on her own. She did need help with the spanish translation. Our daughter mentioned that she was going to take the book into school and show her spanish teacher.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. This book is a keeper for our daughter to pass on to her children.

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