Gran Granero Rojo (Big Red Barn)

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Había caballos, ovejas, cabras, gansos, y un viejo espantapájaros recostado en su azadón.Vivian todos juntos en el gran granero rojo.

Rhymed text and illustrations introduce the many different animals that live in the big red barn.

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Overview

Había caballos, ovejas, cabras, gansos, y un viejo espantapájaros recostado en su azadón.Vivian todos juntos en el gran granero rojo.

Rhymed text and illustrations introduce the many different animals that live in the big red barn.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Another all-time favorite by Brown masterfully and beautifully translated by Marcuse. The Spanish version maintains the rhythm and imagination that characterizes the original. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Criticas
PreS-Gr 2-In translating this classic story into Spanish, Marcuse has wisely adapted the text to reflect the rhyming charm of the original. So although it's not an exact translation, it captures the original's rhythmical flow and wholesome delight in farm life. Not as widely cherished as Brown's Goodnight Moon (Buenas noches, luna, HarperFestival, 1995), this story, similarly structured around a list, is just as gentle and comforting. Bond's illustrations are warm and detailed, from puppies' pink tongues to the brush strokes that converge into blades of grass to the almost photographic butterflies that flit over the fields of corn. Since it ends with the moon's progress across the night sky, El gran granero rojo can work as a bedtime story as well as a story time read-aloud or an introduction to a farm study unit. Sweet tempered and lyrical, this book should be included in all children's libraries and bookstores.
—Coop Renner, Fairmeadows Elementary, Duncanville, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This board book is the naptime companion to Goodnight Moon. In this story, the reader takes a tour through the big, red barn and learns about the different animals' activities throughout the day. Little pigs squeal in the morning, a mouse gives birth in the fields, and horses play in the straw. At nightfall, the animals cross the field toward the barn, while bats fly out of the rafters. A sense of joy and peace comes through in the rhyme, which has been carefully maintained by Marcuse, that will surely delight and lull the reader. Bond's illustrations are cheerful and dynamic in the primary colors of pastoral life. Her animals smile, but without undue anthropomorphism, and so they retain their identity as farm animals, not Disney characters. The book comes to a delicate close as the moon traverses the dark sky, alone and silently. The silhouette of a scarecrow glimmers and the reader feels the closing of the day. This book has more textual description and lacks the simplicity of Brown's Moon, yet is sure to satisfy an older reader who craves more text. 2003 (orig. 1956), HarperFestival, Ages 2 to 5.
—Veronica Betancourt
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Harkening back to 1956, this classic children's book by Margaret Wise Brown is still in print. Her lulling cadences introduce the barnyard animals as they play one day while the children are away. The illustrations carry us from sunrise to nightfall. A perfect choice for older toddlers. The revised drawings in full color will delight kids.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060091071
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/30/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 34
  • Sales rank: 238,159
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.84 (w) x 5.68 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). A graduate of Hollins College and the progressive Bank Street College of Education, she combined her literary aspirations with the study of child development. Her unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes is unequaled. Her many classic books continue to delight thousands of young listeners and readers year after year.

Muy pocos escritores de literatura infantil han logrado captar las emociones e inquietudes de la niñez como Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). Sus numerosos y ya clásicos libros y grabaciones continúan deleitando a lectores y oyentes de todas las edades.

Felicia Bond is the illustrator of numerous books for children. In addition to the If You Give . . . series, she has also illustrated, among other titles, Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Little Porcupine's Christmas by Joseph Slate. She's the author and illustrator of the Poinsettia books, The Day It Rained Hearts, The Halloween Play, and Tumble Bumble. An avid animal lover, reader, and cook, she lived for many years in New York and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Felicia Bond ha ilustrado muchos libros para niños. Aparte de la conocida serie Si le das . . . , también ha ilustrado Big Red Barn por Margaret Wise Brown y Little Porcupine's Christmas por Joseph Slate. Es la autora e ilustradora de los libros Poinsettia: The Day It Rained Hearts, The Halloween Play y Tumble Bumble. Le encantan los animales, los libros al igual que cocinar. Vivió en Nueva York durante muchos años, y ahora vive en Austin, Texas, y Santa Fé, Nuevo México.

Biography

When Margaret Wise Brown began to write for young children, most picture books were written by illustrators, whose training and talents lay mainly in the visual arts. Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, was the first picture-book author to achieve recognition as a writer, and the first, according to historian Barbara Bader, "to make the writing of picture books an art."

After graduating college in 1932, Brown's first ambition was to write literature for adults; but when she entered a program for student teachers in New York, she was thrilled by the experience of working with young children, and inspired by the program's progressive leader, the education reformer Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Mitchell held that stories for very young children should be grounded in "the here and now" rather than nonsense or fantasy. For children aged two to five, she thought, real experience was magical enough without embellishments.

Few children's authors had attempted to write specifically for so young an audience, but Brown quickly proved herself gifted at the task. She was appointed editor of a new publishing firm devoted to children's books, where she cultivated promising new writers and illustrators, helped develop innovations like the board book, and became, as her biographer Leonard S. Marcus notes, "one of the central figures of a period now considered the golden age of the American picture book."

Though Brown was intensely interested in modernist writers like Gertrude Stein (whom she persuaded to write a children's book, The World Is Round), it was a medieval ballad that provided the inspiration for The Runaway Bunny (1942), illustrated by Clement Hurd. The Runaway Bunny was Brown's first departure from the here-and-now style of writing, and became one of her most popular books.

Goodnight Moon, another collaboration with Hurd, appeared in 1947. The story of a little rabbit's bedtime ritual, its rhythmic litany of familiar objects placed it somewhere between the nursery rhyme and the here-and-now story. At first it was only moderately successful, but its popularity gradually climbed, and by 2000, it was among the top 40 best-selling children's books of all time.

The postwar baby boom helped propel sales of Brown's many picture books, including Two Little Trains (1949) and The Important Book (1949). After the author died in 1952, at the age of 42, many of her unpublished manuscripts were illustrated and made into books, but Brown remains best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

More people recognize those titles than recognize the name of their author, but Margaret Wise Brown wouldn't have minded. "It didn't seem important that anyone wrote them," she once said of the books she read as a child. "And it still doesn't seem important. I wish I didn't have ever to sign my long name on the cover of a book and I wish I could write a story that would seem absolutely true to the child who hears it and to myself." For millions of children who have settled down to hear her stories, she did just that.

Good To Know

When Goodnight Moon first appeared, the New York Public Library declined to buy it (an internal reviewer dismissed it as too sentimental). The book sold fairly well until 1953, when sales began to climb, perhaps because of word-of-mouth recommendations by parents. More than 4 million copies have now been sold. The New York Public Library finally placed its first order for the book in 1973.

If you look closely at the bookshelves illustrated in Goodnight Moon, you'll see that one of the little rabbit's books is The Runaway Bunny. One of three framed pictures on the walls shows a scene from the same book.

Brown's death was a stunning and sad surprise. The author had had an emergency appendectomy in France while on a book tour, which was successful; but when she did a can-can kick days later to demonstrate her good health to her doctor, it caused a fatal embolism.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Golden MacDonald, Juniper Sage, Timothy Hay
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 23, 1910
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, N.Y.
    1. Date of Death:
      November 13, 1952
    2. Place of Death:
      Nice, France

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