Archive for the ‘Hispanic/Latino’ Category

Garza, C. L. (1990). Family pictures. San Francisco: Children’s Book Press.
With a simple, straight-forward style Garza narrates this story.  She explains her paintings in the book, which are from her own experience.  Her narration is just enough to give you an idea of what is happening in the picture, but she leaves plenty of room for imagination.  The pictures are detailed and include plenty of action to enjoy.

My grade: A+

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Winter, J. (2002). Frida. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.
In Frida, Jonah Winter relates the story of Frida Kahlo’s life from childhood to adulthood.  While the biographical information is interesting, the text is overshadowed by Ana Juan‘s exquisite illustrations.

My grade: A

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McDermott, G. (1997). Musicians of the sun. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
McDermott retells an Aztec myth, which explains how music came to people.  Wind must battle the Sun to free four musicians.  When released, the musicians bring not only music, but color to the land.  Beautiful illustrations, also created by McDermott, compliment the text.

My grade:  B

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Cisneros, S. (1984). The house on mango street. Houston: Arte Publico Press.
Esperanza hopes for a real house with running water, pipes that work, real stairs, a basement, at least three washrooms, a great big yard and trees around the outside.  What she gets is the house on Mango Street.   This book contains vignettes illustrating life in a predominately Latino neighborhood in Chicago.

My review:  A+

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