Magic Windows (Ventanas Magicas)

Magic Windows (Ventanas Magicas)

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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).

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Hungry Mind Review
This unique art form engages the eye as the author uses the bilingual text to [delve] into the deeper historical or cultural meaning behind its creation.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-A collection of full-page reproductions of Lomas Garza's papel picado, cut-paper art, accompanied by short explanatory narratives in Spanish and English. The intricate cutouts have bold, thick lines and severe angles and the artist uses delicate connectors, such as cactus spines and corn silk, to hold the images together. Most of the cutouts are done with black paper, although a few are cut from yellow or blue paper, and all of them feature a generous use of negative space through which monochromatic backgrounds of yellows, blues, pinks, oranges, and greens are revealed. Many of the pictures present scenes of the Mexican-American artist's childhood and family, such as a close-up of her grandfather's hands cutting a nopal cactus. The remainder are scenes of Mexican flora and fauna, such as two hummingbirds drinking nectar from cactus flowers. A brief description accompanies each scene. Although the cutouts successfully demonstrate Lomas Garza's considerable artistic skill, the presentation is not entirely effective. The reproductions appear flat, making them look more like computer-generated art than fragile paper cutouts. The book can best be used and most fully appreciated in conjunction with a hands-on introduction to the art form.-Denise E. Agosto, formerly at Midland County Public Library, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892391578
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Edition description:
Bilingual: English/Spanish
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Magic Windows (Ventanas Magicas) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Deanna_Demers More than 1 year ago
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.