Lots of food, hugs, kisses, and endearments A beautiful tribute to mothers, grandmothers, and care-giving women, 13 poets write with joy, humor, and love about the maternal bond. The poets write about
Lots of food, hugs, kisses, and endearments
A beautiful tribute to mothers, grandmothers, and care-giving women, 13 poets write with joy, humor, and love about the maternal bond.
The poets write about their Puerto Rican, Cuban, Mexican, and Venezuelan backgrounds and about their families in the U.S. Some of the poems are sentimental and vague, but the best of them catch the specifics of character and feeling from the child's viewpoint.
Rane Arroyo's "My Tongue Is Like a Map" is about the riches of bilingualism.
Rigoberto Gonzalez's "Abuelita Wears a Dress" is reminiscent of a Cinderella story: Grandmother shocks everyone when she changes from the jeans and boots she wears in the grape fields into a shimmering gray gown for a quinceanera celebration.
On the page opposite each poem, big, bold illustrations mix traditional media and computer graphics to create brilliant color and swirling figures, many with a mama's circling arms at the center.
A glossary and short biographies of the poets are included.
Written in Spanish and English
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Pat is a Mexican American born in El Paso, Texas. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for adults and young children, including Tomas and the Library Lady, This Big Sky, and Confetti: Poems for Children. Her memoir, House of Houses, reveals her interest in family and her Chicano heritage. She is also a university professor, popular speaker, and children's advocate who helped establish April 30th as Dma de los niqos/Dma de los libros, a yearly celebration of childhood, books, languages, and cultures. Mora lives in Edgewood, Kentucky, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.