Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish

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"It's hard to take one's eyes off this book, the wood sculptures are so appealing, so re-readings are probable."—Chicago Tribune

"This second work by one of the authors of ABeCedarios (2007) follows its predecessor's highly praised concept and design . . . another outstanding entry in the First Concepts with Mexican Folk Art series."—Kirkus Reviews

"Opuestos is cultural immersion education philosophy at its ...

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Overview

"It's hard to take one's eyes off this book, the wood sculptures are so appealing, so re-readings are probable."—Chicago Tribune

"This second work by one of the authors of ABeCedarios (2007) follows its predecessor's highly praised concept and design . . . another outstanding entry in the First Concepts with Mexican Folk Art series."—Kirkus Reviews

"Opuestos is cultural immersion education philosophy at its most creative level. [It] will appeal to a wide variety of interests and tastes."—Midwest Book Review

This is the second book in Cynthia Weill's beloved First Concepts in Mexican Folk Arts series, now in a sturdy board book edition.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It’s hard to take one’s eyes off this book, the wood sculptures are so appealing, so re-readings are probable." —Chicago Tribune

"Direct and charming." —Publisher's Weekly

"A great selection for bilingual storytimes at preschools, elementary schools and public libraries. As a work of art, its display will enhance art exhibits and cultural programs as part of Hispanic Heritage Month or Children's Day/Book Day celebrations." —Kirkus Reviews

"The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books is pleased to announce at Cynthia Weill’s Opuestos is on its list of 2009 winners of the Blue Ribbon Award." —Blue Ribbon 2009, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"This attractive volume conveys the concept in a unique and inviting fashion and provides youngsters with an introduction to some Mexican art in the process." —School Library Journal

"Opuestos is cultural immersion education philosophy at its most creative level. Designed for preschool to kindergarten age levels, Opuestos will appeal to a wide variety of interests and tastes." —Midwest Book Review

"A is for apple. Scratch that. Armadillo. That's pronounced ar-ma-dee-yo in a set of vibrant books that use Mexican folk art to teach basic concepts of Spanish. The first book, AbeCedarios, published in 2007 by Cinco Puntos Press, focuses on the alphabet. Each letter is represented by an animal carved and painted by the Jiménez family of Oaxaca. In the process, English speakers can learn, for example, that P is for penguin, or el pingüino." —San Antonio Express News

"Capturing the imagination of young readers is never easy, yet Cynthia Weill, celebrated author…has done just that with her latest book, OPUESTOS: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish." —Dwight Englewood School

"The pages are brightly colored with large easy-to-read print. The creatures, ranging from dogs and bulls to a moth, are cheerfully painted.…Though this book clearly targets the youngest of audiences, it could easily be used in a Spanish language classroom to teach vocabulary in a manner which would actually stick with the students. This book could also be used in an art class unit about folk art." —Library Media Connection

Children's Literature - Traci Avalos
This picture book uses wood sculptures from Oaxaca to teach readers the idea of opposites. Each page has a word in English and Spanish with a photograph of a wood sculpture illustrating the idea. The opposing page has the word's opposite in both languages and a sculpture illustrating the difference between the ideas of the words. The dyes used for the sculptures and color choices for the pages are bright and joyful and easily draw the reader in. This is a charming and innovative way for children to learn opposites, and would be good for both children learning to read as well as students of any age learning either of the two languages. It would also work well in a Spanish class to introduce the culture of Oaxaca, as the sculptures are vivid and engaging and a signature of Oaxaca. This picture book is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Reviewer: Traci Avalos
Publishers Weekly
This bilingual companion to the alphabet book ABeCedarios also features images of Oaxacan sculptures (albeit from a different group of artists), but instead focuses on opposites. Wood statues of various animals face each other on each spread, colored with bright spots and stripes and set against equally vivid backgrounds. In a nod to Aesop, an orange hare (“Fast / Rápido”) is seen across from a turtle (“Slow / Lenta”), while a spotted dog and a black wolf both sit beside chalky images of the sun and moon to demonstrate day and night. Direct and charming. Ages 2–5. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3–Oaxacan folk art in the form of hand-carved wood sculptures abounds in this bilingual concept book about opposites. Contrasting concepts include inside and outside, high and low, and left and right, to name a few. At the turn of each page, readers see brightly painted wood characters set against equally vibrantly colored background pages that effortlessly convey the concept the author sets out to teach. On each spread, the English and Spanish words for a single concept face the opposing concept. This attractive volume conveys the concept in a unique and inviting fashion and provides youngsters with an introduction to some Mexican art in the process.–Rhonda L. Jeffers, Coweta Public Library System, Newnan, GA
Kirkus Reviews
This second work by one of the authors of ABeCedarios (2007) follows its predecessor's highly praised concept and design. Pages on the left side introduce children to a word in English and Spanish, as pages on the right side present its opposite: Asleep/Dormido (a spotted dog snoozes) / Awake/Despierto (the same dog, eyes wide open and tail sticking up). Concepts are illustrated with photographs of unique hand-painted animal carvings created individually by Oaxacan artists Quirino and Martin Santiago. The contrast between the text colors and the bright background combines with the imaginary dialogue that children can establish with the vivacious folk-art figures to make this bilingual edition another outstanding entry in the First Concepts with Mexican Folk Art series. On some pages an external element-a sun or a moon, for instance-expands on such concepts as Day/D'a and Night/Noche. A great selection for bilingual storytimes at preschools, elementary schools and public libraries. As a work of art, its display will enhance art exhibits and cultural programs as part of Hispanic Heritage Month or Children's Day/Book Day celebrations. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933693569
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Folk Art for Teaching Kids
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 359,624
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Weill is a professor and mentor to teachers at Columbia University's Teachers College. She also owns a business—Aid to Women Artisans—that promotes the craftwork of artisans from developing countries. ABeCeDario is her second book.

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