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The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in an Hispanic community ...
The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in an Hispanic community in Texas.
Posted November 27, 2012
Basically, since I'm Hispanic, I can relate to many of the scenarios the author places us in as we see her art. Each picture is a like looking at a picture from a scrapbook. As she talked, I felt myself think back to my own memories with my family. I think she did a great job of relaying our culture to others. Other cultures can relate as well because after all, we all have families of our very own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2012
It's not often I've come across a book that I feel could've been written about my family, but this one could be it! It provides the reader a window into some of the traditions and experiences of Mexican-American families. Sometimes describing Mexican-American cultural traditions and experiences to one unfamiliar with them can com across a bit strange. From the age-old earache treatment of burning a fire on one end of a cone-shaped newspaper applied to the ear, to the healing rituals of the "curandera," this outstanding book fits the definition of a culturally authentic picture book. The book itself is a visual treat for it provides rich, colorful illustrations depicting glimpses into the childhood of the author Carmen Lomas Garza. Each painting tells it's own story, including celebrations of birthdays with barbeques (fiestas), Easter egg decorating (cascarones), and Saturday night dances (conjuntos). Reading this book reminded me of my own childhood, and the fact that it reveals such similarity to my own makes me feel like I could have written this book! Overall, the detail, language, and events portrayed are truly authentic, and I would recommend this book as a must-read for anyone wanting to learn more about Mexican-American culture.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2010
This book takes us into the writer's life and her definition of her family and culture. Carmen Lomas Garza tells of her hometown Kingsville, Texas and how her family lived through vivid paintings that depict the importance of her Mexican American culture. Through out the book the pictures offer explanations of what she is speaking of. Garza talks of cleaning empanadas with her father, earache treatments that her mother performed, and healers who helped cleansed her sister to just to name a few. This is a great book that offers an eye into the Mexican culture. Each page in this book is written in both Spanish and English giving readers a more in depth cultural experience. I really enjoyed this book and believe you will too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2007
This book gives a great example on an account, which can be compared to most any child, on how a child grows up, good and bad, in any city, town or neighborhood, and the impact that their family and friends have on them. The pictures are full of life and emotion as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2012
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