Cover image for This big sky
This big sky
Mora, Pat.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 1998.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Poems that describe the landscape, people, and animals of the American Southwest.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.7 0.5 65634.

Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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PS3563.O73 T48 1998 Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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From sun-drenched pueblos to dashing road runners, renowned and award-winning Latina poet Pat Mora evokes the landscapes and teeming life of the Southwest. In perfect complement, Steve Jenkins's cut-paper collage illustrations capture the rich colors and textures of this place.

Author Notes

Pat Mora is a bilingual author with a special focus on children's literature. Among her awards are Honorary Doctorates from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo, Honorary Membership in the American Library Association, Life-Time Membership in USBBY, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship to write in Umbria, Italy, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was a recipient and judge of a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a recipient and advisor of the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowships.

Her children's books include: Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube. With her daughter, Libby Martinez, Pat also recently wrote I Pledge Allegiance and Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo!. A literacy advocate, Pat founded Children's Day, Book Day, El día de los niños, El día de los libros often known as Día. The year-long commitment promotes creatively linking all children and families to books, and establishing annual April Children's Day, Book Day celebrations across the country. April 2016 will be Día's 20th Anniversary. Pat's Book Fiesta captures the Día spirit.

A former teacher, university administrator, museum director, and consultant, Pat is a popular national speaker who promotes creativity, inclusivity and bookjoy.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-8. Latina poet Pat Mora offers 14 short poems about the American Southwest. Each poem appears within a double-page-spread illustration featuring cut and torn papers of varied hues and textures. The artwork creates its own impact, leaving an impression at least as strong as the verses in the reader's mind. Though many of the illustrations feature details of overlapped, textured papers, the most effective images are the clean lines of animals and trees silhouetted against sand or sky. The inclusion of a few Spanish words within the verse will please some readers and annoy others, but a glossary on the last page provides both pronunciation and translation. A visually dynamic collection of distinctively regional verse. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a starred review, PW wrote, "Mora celebrates America's vast, otherworldly Southwest in 14 poems that will delight readers with their playfully evocative images. Jenkins offers cut-paper art in tones that reflect the sun-baked region." Ages 7-10. (July)n (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5ÄIn the tradition of Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall's Desert Voices (Scribners, 1981), this collection of 14 poems features double-page spreads on myriad highlights of the desert of the American Southwest. Topics include the sky, an old snake, a horned lizard, an urban raccoon, jays, and coyotes. Mora's spare poetry echoes the harshness of the landscape and is nicely complemented by Jenkins's richly textured cut-paper collages. The artist makes the horned lizard actually look prickly, just as Mora describes, "I watch you,/carefully put you, bellybulge/pincushion, in my palm,/just for a minute touch/your prickly top./Puff. A warm balloon/puffs in my hand." This gem is both a lovely poetry book and an evocative look at a magical place.ÄLisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.