Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers

Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers

by Pat Mora, Paula S. Barragan

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Thirteen Latino poets celebrate their bonds with their mothers and grandmothers.


Thirteen Latino poets celebrate their bonds with their mothers and grandmothers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Happy Mother's Day A dozen poems pay homage to mothers as well as abuelitas (grandmothers) in Love to Mam : A Tribute to Mothers edited by Pat Mora, illus. by Paula S. Barrag n M. "Las abuelitas" by Virgil Su rez conjures images of life in Cuba with metaphors that link gourds, pi atas and maracas. Francisco X. Alarc n's "My Grandma Is Like a Flowering Cactus/Mi abuelita es como un nopal en flor," set off as bilingual bookends to a festive-bright illustration of grandmother and grandson, offers readers an opportunity to hear the exquisite rhymes in their original language. The artwork, computer-enhanced images of cut-paper collage with thick black outlines, plays up the verdant greens of lush oceanside settings and Cuban landscapes while also conveying the warmth between the generations. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Mexican-American author Pat Mora has gathered together the work of thirteen poets who speak in a wide spectrum of Latino voices. In one vibrant and spirited volume, these writers sing with joy, humor and love about their various heritages—Puerto Rican, Cuban, Venezuelan and Mexican-American. Their work rings true as they touch upon the powerful bond among mothers, grandmothers and children—universal relationships that transcend cultures; primary love that speaks to us all. Selected poems address childhood memories, dreams and worries from a child's point of view, often using both Spanish and English words within the verse. The illustrations by Paula B. Barragan M. are a visual delight. Her quirky collages of pencil, cut paper and gouache paint are done with exuberant joy in strong, hot colors that reflect the passion of the emotions expressed in each poem. This collection will give young readers a taste of Latino culture and customs, creating in them a hunger for more. 2001, Lee & Low Books, $16.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
Bilingual poetry explores the theme of mothers and grandmothers. A unique artistic celebration of Hispanic culture in America, this collection would be a thoughtful gift, especially for mothers. 2001, Lee & Low Books, $16.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-In a beautiful tribute to mothers, grandmothers, and care-giving women, 13 poets write with joy, humor, and love about the maternal bond. Representing a wide spectrum of Latino voices, the poets range from award-winning authors (Francisco X. Alarc-n, Mora) to a 15-year-old newcomer (Cristina Mu-iz Mutchler). Without exception, the poems are, in their differing forms and voices, of superb literary quality, making effective use of rhythm and meter. While cultural heritage provides a fundamental context, the universality of emotions expressed makes this a book with broad applicability and appeal. Barrag n's bright, bold illustrations are a fitting complement to the selections. Rendered in pencil, cut paper, and gouache, and computer enhanced, they express the varying moods of the poems-from vitality and joie de vivre to sadness and pathos-with precision, force, and grace. Wonderful for reading aloud or for enjoying quietly alone, this is that rare book that will resonate across age ranges and cultures to appeal to the common human experience. A tour de force.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The warmth of family life, especially that of mothers, aunts, and grandmothers, pervades this delightful collection of poems by Latino writers from various national backgrounds. Some are funny, such as "The Race," by Jennifer Trujillo, which tells the story of a great-grandmother who as a young girl won a horse race against all the fancy caballeros; and some bring tears, such as Carmen D. Lucca's "I Helped My Mom Not to Be Late for Work." Although the voices are Latino, the poems and the experiences they encompass will speak to all. As poet Rane Arroyo says, "Two languages make you a rich man." Spanish words are freely sprinkled throughout the book, which includes a glossary and pronunciation key. Some of the contributors are long-time writers, but one is as young as 15. Ecuadorian illustrator Barragán's bold illustrations (pencil, cut paper, and gouache, with some extra computer enhancement) are colorful and cheerful with contagious pink-lipped smiles on her characters. Handsome patterns reflect her background as a graphic artist and carpet designer. Abrazos (hugs) for Mora and all the contributors for this one. (author's note, biographical sketches) (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)

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Lee & Low Books, Inc.
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Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
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9.25(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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