Magic Windows: Ventanas Magicas

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We look into Carmen's studio and see her paint a Mexican jarabe tapatío dancer; we glimpse the hummingbirds that cross the US-Mexico border to taste the sweet nectar of the cactus flowers; and we watch Carmen teach her nieces and nephews how to make their own magic windows.Magic Windowsis a continuing tribute to family and community as well as a way for Carmen to connect future generations to their ancestors by teaching and sharing with them this traditional folk art. ...
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Overview

We look into Carmen's studio and see her paint a Mexican jarabe tapatío dancer; we glimpse the hummingbirds that cross the US-Mexico border to taste the sweet nectar of the cactus flowers; and we watch Carmen teach her nieces and nephews how to make their own magic windows.Magic Windowsis a continuing tribute to family and community as well as a way for Carmen to connect future generations to their ancestors by teaching and sharing with them this traditional folk art.

In Spanish and English, Carmen Lomas Garza portrays her family's Mexican customs through cut-paper work.

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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892391837
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/5/2003
  • Edition description: Spanish Language Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 812,950
  • Age range: 6 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: AD710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.74 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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