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Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems and Stories from Mexico with Paintings by Mexican Artists

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This gathering of poems and stories, told in both the original Spanish and translated English, transcends borders as it invites readers into a shared world of ideas, visions and dreams. Sixty-four great Mexican writers and painters are collected here, including Rosario Castellanos, Alberta Blanco, Octavio Paz, and Julio Galan.
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Overview

This gathering of poems and stories, told in both the original Spanish and translated English, transcends borders as it invites readers into a shared world of ideas, visions and dreams. Sixty-four great Mexican writers and painters are collected here, including Rosario Castellanos, Alberta Blanco, Octavio Paz, and Julio Galan.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
English translations appear alongside the Spanish poems and tales that explore everything from a table set for supper to a peach tree to a legend of rabbit's long ears. The selections include writings by Rosario Castellanos, Jos Juan Tablada, Octavio Paz and many others. Ages 8-up. (Apr.)
VOYA - Gloria Grover
The rich culture of Mexico is reflected in this wonderful bilingual collection of poems and prose. The title of the book comes from the first poem entitled "The Lemon Tree" which ends with "...the tree is older than you are/and you might find stories/in its branches." This collection brings out the stories from the lemon tree's branches which focus on folklore, people, and the earth. In "Fire and the Oppossum," an Oaxacan legend, a tale is woven to explain why an oppossum has a bare tail. In the poem, "The Plaza," everyday activities are described in great detail from the bells calling people to mass to people strolling and relaxing in the town square. Poets of a new generation along with already well-known authors are included, featuring such artists as Octavio Paz, Nobel Prize winner; Angelina Muñiz-Hubeman, winner of the Premio Xavier Villarrutia; and José Emilio Pacheco, winner of the National Poetry Prize. The poems were originally written in Spanish except for a few which were written in Tzotzil, a Mayan language. All of the poems are superbly translated and do not lose their vivid images in translation. The text is accompanied with beautiful color illustrations produced by Mexican artists such as well-known folk artist Rudolfo Morales and children's book illustrator Gerardo Suzan. This collection is a gold mine for students and teens who love poetry. The illustrations are an added bonus for those who like to browse. I recommend this title for all public and school libraries. Index. Illus. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
What a wonderful way to visit Mexico and learn about its culture, landscape, people, and art. This bilingual collection includes ancient and contemporary stories, all beautifully illustrated with twenty-five works from Mexican artists. Readers are invited to explore this mysterious land that is so near and offers so much, if one will just take the time to savor these stories and poems. Also included are author's notes and a Spanish and English title list.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-A most enticing bilingual anthology that unfolds like a tapestry of images, languages, rhythms, and musicalities from all regions of Mexico. In the poem ``Lemon Tree,'' from which the title is derived, Jennifer Clement urges readers to, ``Remember,/the tree is older than you are/and you might find stories/in its branches.'' Each page holds the promise of a small jewel, poems that transform ordinary experience into extraordinary insight. There are several pieces written in Tzotzil, and one in Tzeltal, two of the languages of the Maya. Several traditional and modern folktales also appear, adding to the cosmogony and strengthening the roots of the tree. The illustrations, which appear every few pages as illuminations, employ a variety of styles and mediums, all reproduced in full color. Often magical and sometimes playful, the artwork completes the experience of being welcomed into a mysteriously friendly world in which there is much to be discovered and shared. Thorough endnotes on the contributors, translators, and acknowledgements as well as a list of titles in English and Spanish complete this remarkable volume that holds something for everyone.-Graciela Italiano, Weber State University, Ogden, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689820878
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 716,222
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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