Muffler Man/El hombre mofle

Muffler Man/El hombre mofle

by Tito Campos, Beto Alvarez

One man's garbage is another man's gold in this bilingual children's tale of hope and renewal. For ages 3-7. See more details below

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One man's garbage is another man's gold in this bilingual children's tale of hope and renewal. For ages 3-7.

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Children's Literature
Chuy has worked hard in a muffler repair shop to earn enough money to leave Mexico with his mother and join his father in America. Unfortunately his father has not found work. Chuy remembers the "man" outside the muffler shop that his father had made from cast-off parts. He and his father find a shop willing to buy one. Soon many of his father's artistic creations appear around town. The text in English and in Spanish fills the left-hand pages while the right sides are filled with almost literal illustrations of parts of the action. The illustrators use thick black outlines and intense shadings of colors to create images of rough-hewn figures with dramatic combinations of purples, oranges and greens, very appropriate for the subject. 2001, Piñata Books/Arte Público Press, $14.95. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Chuy Garc'a misses his dad, who left their small town in Mexico the year before for the United States with promises to send for his wife and son as soon as he found work. In the interim, the boy gets a job cleaning up at the muffler shop where his dad used to work, encouraged by the supportive proprietor, Don C sar. During the course of the summer, Chuy learns that the statue made from old muffler parts that hangs outside the shop is the creative work of his father. With his wages and a generous gift from Don C sar, he and his mother are able to move north and reunite the family. There he aids his demoralized dad in building new muffler men, so that eventually the man can support the family with his artistic ventures. The folksy prose with its gently delivered message is extended by eye-catching artwork. Somber hues and forms surrounded by heavy black lines coupled with odd perspectives give this book the look of revisionist woodblock prints. This title could be effectively paired with Tony Johnston's excellent Uncle Rain Cloud (Charlesbridge, 2001) to show that children can help adults adapt to new circumstances. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Arte Publico Press
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8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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