Up and down the Andes

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Peruvian children in colorful native garb make their way to a winter solstice celebration in this glowingly illustrated book. Krebs's (We All Went on Safari) rhyming couplets build anticipation as each of six young travelers uses different means of transport (bus, pack animal, etc.) to arrive at the ancient Incan festival of Inti Raymi, honoring the Sun God. The verses set a predictable cadence, although place names won't trip easily off American tongues, e.g., "On Arequippa's crowded train,/ Consuela finds a seat,/ A sack of multicolored corn/ Is tucked between her feet." Fronty's (One City, Two Brothers) paintings, in a warm, vibrant palette, are contemporary in their compositions but recall folk art in their flat planes and use of patterns. Tile roofs, costumes and the sun's rays incorporate repeated geometric motifs. Meaty endnotes highlight Peru's history, geography and people. Ages 4-10. (Oct.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"…Up and down the mountain slopes" of the Andes "Live children just like me." In simple but neatly crafted rhymed couplets, our narrator introduces us to a variety of youngsters: Jose boarding a bus in Lima, Louisa disembarking on Lake Titicaca, Riccardo walking his mule from Machu Picchu, Consuela riding the Arequippa train, and Fidel and Tia in a truck from Puno. Each is bringing a traditional costume or item to the June festival of Inti Raymi held in the Cusco city square to honor the Sun God. The children celebrate into the night. Fronty's simplified acrylic paintings have a folk-like quality; solid color backgrounds provide effective contrasts to the characters and their actions. The costumes, with their characteristic multicolored stripes and distinctive hats are attractive. The scenes in the Cusco plaza, surrounded by the typical buildings set an appropriate stage. The simple story is greatly enhanced by a map and pages of notes on the festivals, history, and land, of the peoples of Peru and on the Andes mountains. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3–Vibrant folk-style illustrations in rich colors enliven a rhyming text that portrays the journeys made by descendants of the Incas traveling to celebrate Inti Raymi, the Inca New Year, in Cusco, the ancient Inca capital. On the winter solstice, when the sun is farthest from the Earth, the people gather to insure its return and the success of their crops. “Up and down the Andes, there’s excitement in the air,/And everyone is on their way to Cusco’s central square./The children all are actors and they’ve come from far and near/To celebrate the festival that’s held in June each year.” The object of the celebration, the sun God himself, shimmers off the page in glowing shades of gold, and the faces of the participants are mesmerizing. The story is followed by an explanation of this celebration and other Peruvian festivals. The formidable Andes Mountains are captured in brilliant greens, and facts about them are included. This joyous story celebrates not only an annual holiday, but also the heritage reclaimed by the Andean people of Peru.–Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846865480
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 310,867
  • Age range: 5 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.47 (w) x 9.71 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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