On Ramon's Farm; Five Tales of Mexico

On Ramon's Farm; Five Tales of Mexico

by Campbell Geeslin, Petra Mathers
     
 

All of Ramon's farm animals make a unique sound as he tends to them. Every animal has its own silly story, but Ramon has the last word At the end of each one, he makes up a verse that sums up each lovable animal's personality. Full color. See more details below

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All of Ramon's farm animals make a unique sound as he tends to them. Every animal has its own silly story, but Ramon has the last word At the end of each one, he makes up a verse that sums up each lovable animal's personality. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Taking readers south of the border, Geeslin (In Rosa's Mexico) creates a lively barnyard full of animal sounds in this appealing small-format volume. Every day young Ramon does all his chores while his mama weaves at her loom. One of his favorite ways to pass the time is to make up rhymes about the animals he tends. Happily, the animals' antics provide plenty of fodder for the budding bard. But the fun twist here comes with the book's Mexican setting. The cacophonous cast of creatures speaks Spanish, allowing readers to discover how animalspeak is rendered in another language. Moreover, each of the brief, tightly constructed tales opens with a short glossary of Spanish words used in the story. These breaks in the narrative are sure to encourage both beginning readers and those just learning foreign language basics. Mathers (Lottie's New Beach Towel) splices a variety of vignettes and full-page compositions into the text, an approach that adds verve and motion to the simple stories. Her predominantly sunny hues and humorous depictions of the animals' silly behavior conjure the mood of a fiesta. Details in landscape, dress and architectural design also provide an atmospheric look at a Mexican farm and village. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Ram n lives on a farm in Mexico and he makes up rhymes about the animals he tends. Each story features one animal-a sheep, a pig, a rooster, a goat, and a donkey-and all of the tales read and look like pages from a language arts workbook. A word list and pronunciation guide are provided for the handful of Spanish words that are incorporated into the text. The result is a collection of flat, stilted, and stereotypical vignettes that reflect farm life that might still only exist in very rural and remote Mexican villages. Simple two-line rhymes restate the lesson of the story ("A burro can't be pulled or kicked,/But dances into town if tricked!"). Mathers's watercolor, ink, and pencil drawings are scattered around the text creating a disjointed look that is more cartoonish than folklike. Pass on this one.-Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin
Kirkus Reviews
Easy-to-read vignettes revisit the style and theme of Rosa's magical encounters with animals in Geeslin's In Rosa's Mexico (1996, not reviewed). Here, Ramón does his chores while whimsically interacting with five different farm animals and making up a rhyme about each one's quirky antics. Two sheep weep when he shears their wool, a burro takes two steps backward for every forward motion, a pig is too full in the belly to engage in bull-fighting. Ramón tries to arrive at simple solutions for each eccentricity, à la his Puerto Rican counterpart, Juan Bobo. A few of these tales have folktale leanings, and each is introduced with an elementary Spanish glossary, after which the Spanish words are skillfully used in context. Earth-toned folk-art illustrations are friendly and funny, a warm match for Ramón, who turns the routine of everyday tasks into his own personal fiesta. (Picture book. 3-7) .

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689811340
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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