Sunflowers/Girasoles

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Young Adult Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Bilingual Edition translated from the Spanish by Gabriela Baeza Ventura. Illustrated by Alisha Ann Guadalupe Gambino. Seven-year-old Mirasol tells about planting a garden with her grandfather and shares those moments with others in her neighborhood, seed by seed: squash, onions, carrots, cabbage, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, chili peppers, and sunflowers! Her love for these flowers spreads across town with each new bloom and allows her to find both independence and pride...

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Young Adult Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Bilingual Edition translated from the Spanish by Gabriela Baeza Ventura. Illustrated by Alisha Ann Guadalupe Gambino. Seven-year-old Mirasol tells about planting a garden with her grandfather and shares those moments with others in her neighborhood, seed by seed: squash, onions, carrots, cabbage, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, chili peppers, and sunflowers! Her love for these flowers spreads across town with each new bloom and allows her to find both independence and pride in her skills and newfound knowledge while she teaches friends at school about sunflowers and gardening. Although the paintings favor adult faces and tend to age Marisol, the warmth and richness of the palette highlights expressions of loving friends and family in this child's world, and her impatience until the young plants finally appear. "The warmth and richness of the palette highlights expressions of loving friends and family in this child's world, and her impatience until the young plants finally appear"—Library Journal.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Seven-year-old Marisol proudly tells how she helps her grandfather prepare the ground and plant seeds to grow vegetables, spices, and finally, sunflowers. These last are the first to grow. Her grandfather likes to eat the seeds, and gives Marisol a small bag of them. Instead of eating them, she decides to plant them. She puts a seed in a corner of the yards she passes on the way to school and even three in the playground. As days pass, Marisol almost forgets about the seeds she has planted, but one day she hears her neighbor exclaim at the sunflower in her yard. The other yards have blooming flowers as well. Marisol is happy to have her planting bring pleasure. She discusses the eating as well as the planting of the seeds. Then she is ready to plant pumpkin seeds for Halloween. Full-page paintings have a solid, folksy quality, depicting the story with strong emphasis on the characters, particularly perky Marisol. There is a glow to the illustrations that enhances the flow of the events, which are rather ordinary with the exception of the germination and growth of all the seeds. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1–Seven-year-old Mirasol tells about planting a garden with her grandfather and shares those moments with others in her neighborhood, seed by seed: squash, onions, carrots, cabbage, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, chili peppers, and sunflowers! Her love for these flowers spreads across town with each new bloom and allows her to find both independence and pride in her skills and newfound knowledge while she teaches friends at school about sunflowers and gardening. Although the paintings favor adult faces and tend to age Marisol, the warmth and richness of the palette highlights expressions of loving friends and family in this child’s world, and her impatience until the young plants finally appear. This book is most effective as a read-aloud in both Spanish and English; a small image of the growing sunflower helpfully divides the languages on succeeding pages.–Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Marisol enjoys working the family garden with her grandfather, who teaches her about many different vegetables and plants, like the sunflower that makes him happy. Marisol takes some of the sunflower seeds Grandpa saves to eat with salt and plants several along the neighborhood instead. Sunny and rainy days pass and Marisol almost forgets her planted gifts until one day her neighbors point out all the tall green stems holding huge yellow flowers with "big black eyes and long yellow eyelashes." Gambino's deeply colored acrylic garden scenes in lush greens and dark browns add a realistic perspective to a little girl's spring and summer, while a series of vignettes show the slow progression from seeds to blooming sunflower to dried-out plant back to seeds, and separate the simple English and Spanish parallel texts. Marisol's generosity reflects a supportive community's shared experiences of friendship and appreciation, while her relationship with her grandfather evinces warmth, respect and love. A pleasing and effective multicultural offering. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558852679
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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