Rooster/Gallo

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The song of the rooster draws forth the universe and gives way to the dance of beings and objects as day draws its first brilliant breath. This book is so supremely simple that a baby can delight in it, and yet so complex that an adult reader can find joy in the poem and beautiful images over and over again. Jorge Luján dreamed this myth and, when he wrote it, understood that the rooster is the poet of the day. Manuel Monroy dipped his pen in the ink of the night and, when he ...
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Overview


The song of the rooster draws forth the universe and gives way to the dance of beings and objects as day draws its first brilliant breath. This book is so supremely simple that a baby can delight in it, and yet so complex that an adult reader can find joy in the poem and beautiful images over and over again. Jorge Luján dreamed this myth and, when he wrote it, understood that the rooster is the poet of the day. Manuel Monroy dipped his pen in the ink of the night and, when he withdrew it, found it was spangled with stars.

The poem in this delightful picture book is bilingual, printed in both English and Spanish.

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PreS-This bilingual offering is written by an award-winning poet, who penned Beyond My Hand (Mas alla de mi brazo, 2002) and Daybreak, Nightfall (Alba y ocaso, 2003), both published by Groundwood. The simple yet lyrical text depicts the rooster's song as a creative force that brings the world and all its inhabitants to life each day. The book's beautiful images will attract both young children and adults. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This spare, evocative free verse in both Spanish and English has the rooster bring up the sun with his call, the sun which "opens its hand" so the day can be born. It is the rooster's role as well to eat the stars from the cloak of night to make ready for another day. Double-page brush-textured paintings are as simply visualized as the few lines of text. The larger red letters in Spanish along with the light cream-colored ones in English form significant design blocks against the blue sky and brown earth. It's the deep-blue bird with red comb, sparkling white eye, and provocatively flaring tail-feathers which injects the vitality into these otherwise only potential impressionistic settings. The nine lines of poetry that run across the pages appear together in both languages on the last page. 2004, Groundwood Books, Ages 3 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A charming tribute to the diurnal round in a nine-line prose poem. When the rooster opens his beak, the sun comes up and day begins. The night overwhelms the day, but this only serves to give that feisty rooster a chance to eat the stars, thus clearing the night sky for the new day. Reading equally well in the original Spanish and in the English translation, the text smoothly depicts the daily progression, with one line of the poem allotted to each spread. Monroy's primitive acrylic paintings are deep hued and utterly engaging. The blue rooster, speckled with white like the night sky, is inquisitive and active, giving life to this simple explanation of day and night. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lujan's nine-line poem, ably rendered into English by Amado, is a hymn to the coming and going of the day. Imagistically vivid, the poem features the rooster who calls the sun, the sun whose hand brings the day, and the night with its cape full of stars. Lujan's original Spanish is featured in large print with the English translation beneath it, but as powerful as the poem is, its brevity makes the artwork the real star of this gorgeous offering. Monroy's rich blues and simple shapes especially make this very short work a real treat to hold and to look at again and again. Perhaps loveliest of all is the rooster "evolving" into a constellation as another day begins. The sharp, evocative language should stir children's imaginations as well as pleasing the adults who may be reading to them and who will almost certainly feel that Lujan's poem for children is more delightful than many so-called "adult" poems. (Picture book/poetry. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888995582
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 4/9/2004
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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