Dona Flor

Dona Flor

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375861444
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 391,123
Product dimensions: 14.10(w) x 11.26(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Award-winning author Pat Mora writes poetry, nonfiction, and children’s books. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Raul Colón has been awarded gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators for his picture-book art. He lives in New City, New York.

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Dona Flor 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NaomiCamacho More than 1 year ago
I miss books like this. This book took me away to a fairy tale land where there's a giant lady that makes giant tortillas. Now who could ask for more than giant tortillas? The storyline was a fun one to read, one I think many children would enjoy. The pictures were very vibrant and very big. I also like how the author incorporated the Hispanic culture into the writings. There was some nice spanish words thrown in. I'd say it's a book everyone should read at least once.
PatriciaJL More than 1 year ago
I loved this picture book. Not only were the illustrations gorgeous and very unique, the author's writing style, plot, and tone filled me up with happiness and warmth. This picture book brought a smile to my face. Dona Flor is a giant lady who lives in a handmade pueblo. She can also speak every single language ever known, including the languages for animals (i.e. rattler). Dona Flor is so large because her mother sung to her as a child out of her love for her. Flor does the same thing now - she sings to her plants and animals out of love for them. She loves to read to the children outside of the library and make sure that all her animals and neighbors are always welcomed inside of her home. One day all of her neighbors and animals are scared after hearing a loud "roarr". Flor tries to find the huge gato that is making her friends scared. When she finally finds the gato she sees that it is actually a small cat 'roarring' into a large hollow tree trunk. Instead of getting angry she is happy and sleeps in the clouds with the cat sleeping on her big toe. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!! Pat Mora also mixes Spanish words into her sentences, and also makes sure that they words used are explained, either by directly telling you or through the context of the sentence. Her tone is very loving and full of warmth. Dona Flor is characterized by her unyielding love she has for everyone and everything, which is translated into her actions and tenderness and understanding. Not once does she get angry in the book, even after she finds the cat that is scaring her friends; once she sees he is small she laughs out of joy and invites her into her life.