Movie in My Pillow/Una pelicula en mi almohada

Movie in My Pillow/Una pelicula en mi almohada

by Jorge Argueta, Elizabeth Gomez
     
 

A young boy with two homelands and a delightful sense of wonder comes to life in Jorge Argueta’s first collection of poems for children. Young Jorgito lives in San Francisco’s Mission District, but he hasn’t forgotten his native El Salvador. He recalls the volcanoes, the tasty cornmeal pupusas, and his grandmother’s stories. As he changes from timid newcomer to…  See more details below

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A young boy with two homelands and a delightful sense of wonder comes to life in Jorge Argueta’s first collection of poems for children. Young Jorgito lives in San Francisco’s Mission District, but he hasn’t forgotten his native El Salvador. He recalls the volcanoes, the tasty cornmeal pupusas, and his grandmother’s stories. As he changes from timid newcomer to seasoned city dweller, Jorgito’s memories and new adventures form a patchwork of dreams — the movie in his pillow — that is perfectly suited to his new bicultural identity.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In A Movie in My Pillow/Una pel cula en mi almohada by Jorge Argueta, illus. by Elizabeth G mez, a boy collects images of his San Francisco neighborhood and connects them with memories of his life in El Salvador. Universal experiences such as the sadness of leaving friends and family share space with lighthearted episodes of riding a bike and chasing a shadow. The artwork, with an accessible folk-art quality, more convincingly portrays people than its hybrid combinations of reality and fantasy (e.g., a flock of birds with, literally, engines on a wing or propellers on a beak). ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Poetry is often laden with suffering, and it is the suffering behind Argueta's poetry that brings out its beauty. A bilingual author, his poems in this book are beautiful and rhythmic in both English and Spanish, telling of his own memories of civil war in El Salvador, of his grandma, of separation, and of family. A nice gift option. 2001, Children's Book Press, $15.95. Ages 5 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Poems in Spanish and in English communicate the poet's memories of being a boy in El Salvador and in San Francisco. "Here chickens come/in plastic bags/Over there/they slept beside me." The lines capture the pleasures and difficulties of living in each country, but mostly, they capture the sense of being a child in the city. "My bicycle/is a dragon/dancing/cumbias/all the way/to El Salvador." Small notes next to the poems explain potentially unfamiliar terms (the cumbia is a Latin dance). Argueta has published several books of poetry, but this is his first for children. G-mez's rich and bright paintings fill every spread with the same joy and literal humor that she used in Juan Felipe Herrera's The Upside Down Boy/El ni-o de cabeza (Children's Book, 2000). The style is almost primitive, and combines with the "handwritten" typeface to make the book feel immediate and comfortable. The author's introduction and the artist's title-page map of North America give context to the poet's experiences, making this an appealing choice to fill the need for books about Salvadore-os, as well as an excellent addition to any poetry collection.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892391653
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
Spanish Language Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 10.08(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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