In English and in Spanish, Lynn Reiser presents the Central American companion book to her Cherry Pies and Lullabies. Again, four generations of mothers and daughters participate in family traditions-this time within a Costa Rican culture in which they share such things as tortilla making and flower gathering. Extraordinary folk-art painting by Corazones Valientes, an organization of women artists in Costa Rica, accompany this universal and unforgettable story of family love. ...
In English and in Spanish, Lynn Reiser presents the Central American companion book to her Cherry Pies and Lullabies. Again, four generations of mothers and daughters participate in family traditions-this time within a Costa Rican culture in which they share such things as tortilla making and flower gathering. Extraordinary folk-art painting by Corazones Valientes, an organization of women artists in Costa Rica, accompany this universal and unforgettable story of family love.
A young girl describes activities that her great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother all did for their daughters, and that she does for her doll.
This is a bilingual book in which the author aims to focus on how, amidst changes in technology, certain family customs are kept yet adapted to new ways of life. In brief and very simple text it tells of a great grandmother, a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter and her doll; each making tortillas, gathering flowers, and singing a lullaby. At the end there is a lullaby in both languages. The illustrations were done in bright hues and simple shapes by a group of Costa Rican women from a Peace Corps project. However, the warmth and suggestion of family love in the text is not present in the paintings. Although the book is beautifully designed, the characters are either expressionless or simply cold. The Spanish version is at times too literal, especially the author's note. There is not a single translator, but rather seven translation consultants.
School Library Journal
In this beautiful picture book, four everyday activities are depicted, making tortillas, gathering flowers, washing clothes, and singing a lullaby, as they are repeated by the women of a family over the last four generations. A little girl relates the simple text as her great-grandmother is shown making tortillas for her grandmother over an outdoor fire, her grandmother makes them for her mother in a farm kitchen with a cast-iron stove, her mother is shown cooking for her in a modern kitchen, and the child prepares paper tortillas for her doll on a toy stove. Each activity shares the refrain: "Every time it was the same, but different." The timeless quality of maternal love is evident throughout. Six Costa Rican women worked together to produce the striking acrylic folk-art paintings. With deeply saturated, glowing tones and a decidedly Central American style, the pictures enhance and extend the lyrical narrative, which is printed in English and in Spanish. The words and music of a traditional Spanish lullaby are appended. A lovely, nostalgic glimpse at Central American family life. Denise E. Agosto, formerly at Midland County Public Library, TX
In a companion toCherry Pies and Lullabies Reiser infuses the often mundane actions of daily life with a sense of tradition and great love in a vibrantly illustrated, bilingual picture book that captures the rhythms of life. Told from the perspective of a young girl, the story opens with her great-grandmother making tortillas for the girl's grandmother, then moves through each successive generation to the present day, as the child makes tortillas for her doll. Gathering flowers, washing clothes, and singing lullabies are the other commonplace occurrences exalted by the mantras, which always conclude, "Every time it was the same, but different." Placing the English text at top of every page and the corresponding Spanish text at the bottom creates a unique border for the lush, colorful illustrations, created by a consortium of Costa Rican women known as the "Valiant Hearts." The bright, richly detailed pictures are almost overwhelming as they draw readers' eyes into the lives portrayed. Elements within each picture identify the era, one dress is washed in a stream, another in a washing machine, and provide children with something of a searching game for details that demonstrate the passing of time. In both books, simple phrases and gentle repetition convey the enduring nature of love and the reassuring continuity of life.