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Bilingual English/Spanish. Calling the Doves is Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera's story of his migrant farmworker childhood.
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Herrera, J.F. (2001). Calling the doves: El canto de las palomas. San Francisco: Children¿s Book Press.In Calling the Doves: El Canto de las Palomas, the author tells the story of his childhood through the use of words and vibrant illustrations. The author, Juan Herrera, grew up in a small migrant family that traveled throughout the United States. During the story, he reminisces about childhood memories from that time. He discusses memories such as sitting around the breakfast table, moving from different farms, and his mother¿s ability to cure sick children and animals. He shares with the readers details of his culture and how his childhood helped shape him into the adult he is today. This is a timeless story that can be appreciated by readers of all times and places. Herrera¿s words serve as a diary of his childhood as a migrant worker. These are his memories and they are a wonderful tool for readers to learn about the migrant worker culture through the first hand experience of the author. This book is the winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award.This story is told in both English and Spanish. Each page contains both languages and a vibrant illustration depicting the author¿s words. This book is an excellent tool for any library where there are Spanish speaking patrons. It can be used by Spanish speaking patrons as a learning tool for learning to speak English, as well as a learning tool for English speaking patrons to learn Spanish. In a school library or classroom, this book can be used to teach about the Latino culture. Not only are students being exposed to stories of migrant workers, they are also being exposed to the Spanish language and Latino art.
This tale tells of how anyone can be happy no matter how bleek their life might seem. Usually someone's life only appears rough to others, but for those who live it, it might be something very special as it is in this book. Migrant farmers don't live an easy life, as all know, but when the work is over they celebrate their hard work and have a great time, which is something very special as compared to wealthy people who celebrate every day and think nothing special of celebrating whenever a holiday, birthday or any other occasion comes along. The poor have always appreciated life more than the wealthy since they're not afraid to live it.