My Tata's Guitar: La Guitarra de mi Tata


While sharing stories of their Mexican-American family's past, a father gives his young son the guitar he received from his own father.

While sharing stories of their Mexican-American family's past, a father gives his young son the guitar he received from his own father.

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While sharing stories of their Mexican-American family's past, a father gives his young son the guitar he received from his own father.

While sharing stories of their Mexican-American family's past, a father gives his young son the guitar he received from his own father.

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Editorial Reviews

Gr 2-4-A curious boy wanders through his grandfather's garage and discovers an old guitar sticking out of the clutter. Tata explains to the boy that his grandfather had given him the guitar a long time ago. The man soon starts playing and telling stories of the good old days, turning the dark garage into something quite magical. In the end, the boy inherits his tata's guitar. Its music, memories, and culture come along with it. The colorful pictures beautifully depict the Hispanic traditions that Tata so fondly reminisces about. He talks and sings about birthdays, and he serenades, all customs that revolve primarily around music. The text is easy to read, yet it's filled with picturesque metaphors that give this simple story a magical twist. Young readers are sure to love this tale of finding and inheriting a hidden treasure. Irma Mirthala Garza, Blackshear Elementary, Austin, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A young boy encounters a guitar while rummaging through his grandfather's garage. He breaks a lamp while reaching for the instrument and the noise draws his grandfather's attention. The grandfather then sees that his grandson has discovered his old guitar and begins to tell him the story of how his grandfather gave the guitar to him. In telling the story, the grandfather relates his grandfather's personal history of life in Mexico and immigration to the United States. Lechon accompanies this personal history with illustrations that show Mexico in its most typical form: men wear sombreros and women sport flowers in their hair. The illustrations are sometimes stiff due to the characters' crude anatomy, but they convey emotion effectively. Though the pictures are imperfect and the book is repetitively formatted, the text is very solid with the Spanish and English equally crafted. Both narratives have a poetic quality, full of auditory descriptions and song lyrics that capture the musical essence of the story. The story itself is simple and unsurprising, but nicely told. In the end, the grandson receives his grandfather's guitar and the tradition continues. This book is useful for teaching genealogy, learning Mexican history, or exploring music. 2003, Pinata Books/Arte Publico Press, Ages 5 to 9.
—Veronica Betancourt
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A boy tells of finding an old guitar in his grandfather's garage. His tata sits down to play the instrument and tells him that it was given to him by his own grandfather years before. Providing glimpses at celebrations and family life, from romance to migrant work in the United States, the economical prose makes clear that in passing on the guitar, Tata is also passing along his heritage. Full-page pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, though strong in line, are sometimes awkward in execution. The layout, with boxed English text above and Spanish text below, is attractive. The story reads aloud equally well in English and Spanish. Similar in its warm tone to Alma Flor Ada's I Love Saturdays y domingos (Atheneum, 2002), this is a serviceable tale of a loving intergenerational relationship. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558853690
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish Language Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,439,464
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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