Hairs/Pelitos

Hairs/Pelitos

by Sandra Cisneros, Terry Ybanez
     
 

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This jewel-like vignette from Sandra Cisneros's best-selling The House on Mango Street shows, through simple, intimate portraits, the diversity among us.

A Dragonfly Book in English and Spanish.

A Parenting Magazine Best Children's Book of the Year

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Un excelente constructor de vocabulario, con…  See more details below

Overview

This jewel-like vignette from Sandra Cisneros's best-selling The House on Mango Street shows, through simple, intimate portraits, the diversity among us.

A Dragonfly Book in English and Spanish.

A Parenting Magazine Best Children's Book of the Year

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Un excelente constructor de vocabulario, con nombres de objetos en Inglés y en Español, acompañados por ilustraciones, agrupados por tópicos como colores, juguetes, animales y herramientas.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This exuberant bilingual picture book, with eye-catching artwork, is an affectionate picture of familial love and a cozy bedtime book."—The Horn Book.  

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"Un mini-diccionario útil para lectores principiantes de los dos idiomas." — School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Everybody in our family has different hair''/ ``Todos en nuestra familia tenemos pelo diferente,'' begins this rhythmic, bilingual picture book taken from acclaimed novelist/short-story writer Cisneros's The House on Mango Street. Ybez expands upon the diversity theme by rendering the family members in a variety of unusual skin tones as well as with distinctive hairstyles. Purple-faced Papa has hair ``like a broom,/ all up in the air,'' while Nettie's ``slippery'' orange hair contrasts vividly with her blue skin. The narrator waxes lyrical on the subject of Mama's hair: ``sweet to put your nose into when she is holding you, holding you and you feel safe, [it] is the warm smell of bread before you bake it.'' Each spread is framed by bright borders ornamented with everyday objects-shoes and bikes; steaming cups of coffee; dice, jacks and jumpropes. Inside, the characters seem to float across swirling blocks of color. A spirited and buoyant celebration of individuality and of the bonds within families. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
In any language, in any culture, the dreams and comforts of children across the earth are all the same. In this simple story, a youngster describes how every member of her family has hair of different texture. Her brief observations, in bi-lingual text, frame the fiery paintings. The differences within the family testify to the individuality of each member and the love that makes them a unit.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
I was drawn to this simple story because of its tenderness and reflection of family love. A young girl describes what her family members' hair is like, and in so doing describes a bit about each person. She expands her description of the family by telling us her sensory experiences; how her father's hair looked, what her mother's hair smelled like, and what her sister's hair felt like. She has a special place in her heart and memory for her mother whose hair smells so good; nuzzling into it makes her feel safe. The English text is at the top of the page and the Spanish at the bottom, allowing the story to flow. It is well translated with Mexican colloquial flair. The illustrations are friendly, well done and enhance the mood of the story.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679890072
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
470,292
Product dimensions:
10.06(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
AD190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of the novels The House on Mango Street and Caramelo, a collection of short stories Woman Hollering Creek, a book of poetry Loose Woman, and a children's book Hairs/Pelitos. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
San Antonio, Texas
Date of Birth:
December 20, 1954
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Education:
B.A., Loyola University, 1976; M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1978

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