Magic Windows (Ventanas Magicas)by Carmen Lomas Garza, Carmen Lomas Garza
Through the magic windows of her cut-paper art, Garza shows us her family, her life as an artist, and the legends of her Aztec past. In her third book, Magic Windows/Ventanas mágicas, Carmen Lomas Garza takes readers on a fascinating journey that explores her family, community, and ancestors through the traditional folk art form of papel picado (cut-paper art). Children catch a glimpse of the hummingbirds that carry the souls of the ancestors; look into the artist's studio and see her paint a Mexican jarabe tapatío dancer; and watch her teach her nieces and nephews how to make their own magic windows. The textis in Spanish and English.
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A NEW FORM OF ART Magic Windows by Carmen Lomas Garza Magic Windows is a winner of the Pura Belpre award. It won this award for its unique illustrations using cut paper. Each illustrations comes with a narration in English and Spanish. The pictures are bold with definite angles and are done in black, blue, green, ect. The use of negative space is also an aspect Garza uses to depict her Mexican culture in her paper art. She unravels her childhood and her new learned art throughout this picture book. Some pictures include her grandpa, hummingbirds, flora and fauna found within Mexico, ect. This would be an excellent tool to incorporate multicultural education in the classroom. Also, it can be used to spark a lesson for an art project on paper cut art or incorporate geometry into a lesson plan using a book.