In Rosa's Mexico

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Illustrated in full color. Wonderful things happen to young Rosa in her magical homeland of Mexico! Her rooster, El Gallo, opens his beak and out fly violetas to sell at the market so the family can buy food. Rosa picks a star from the sky to help a fallen burro. A grateful wolf gives her a beautiful anillo, a ring to thank her for freeing him from a trap, and Rosa returns it to its rightful owner: a bride about to be wed. These three stories, written with a bewitching hint of magical realism and enhanced with ...
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Illustrated in full color. Wonderful things happen to young Rosa in her magical homeland of Mexico! Her rooster, El Gallo, opens his beak and out fly violetas to sell at the market so the family can buy food. Rosa picks a star from the sky to help a fallen burro. A grateful wolf gives her a beautiful anillo, a ring to thank her for freeing him from a trap, and Rosa returns it to its rightful owner: a bride about to be wed. These three stories, written with a bewitching hint of magical realism and enhanced with playful illustrations by Mexican artist Andrea Arroyo, will transport very young readers to a mystical world alive with color and enchantment.        

In separate encounters with a rooster, a burro, and a wolf, a young Mexican girl is able to magically make things better. Each story uses some Spanish words, which are listed in the brief "Spanish-English dictiorary."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Geeslin injects elements of magic into each of three folkloric vignettes about a kind-hearted girl in rural Mexico. After volcano ash falls on the violet crop, Rosa's rooster is destined for the soup pot-until he starts to crow flowers each morning, so that she can sell them to buy soup meat; a handmade clay pot uncoils and flies the girl up to the sky, where she fetches a star to heal her ailing burro; and a talking wolf gives Rosa an embroidered silk pillow that inspires pleasant dreams. The author unobtrusively works Spanish vocabulary into his simply stated yet musical text. While a glossary is included, kids will easily grasp the gist of many foreign words from the context alone: "There is a golden anillo on the windowsill, and Rosa puts it on her finger." Other clues to the words' meanings are amply provided in Arroyo's (La Boda: A Mexican Wedding Celebration) sunlit, uncluttered folk-like paintings. Her whimsical interpretations accommodate the stories' fantastic moments while treating the eye to the spectrum of bold colors found in Rosa's Mexico. Ages 4-7. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Three exceedingly short stories about a Mexican girl named Rosa and her magical encounters with a rooster that spews forth violets, a burro with a heavenly star on its forehead, and a fox that steals a bride's golden ring. Although the illustrations display a folkloric charm and an innate playfulness, the writing is stilted and austere. The sentences are structured with a deliberate bluntness that makes reading these tales aloud a monotone endeavor. These selections are filled with captivating, magical symbols, but fall short of their true potential because of the uninspired text.-Selene S. Vasquez, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679967217
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.84 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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