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Love to mamá : a tribute to mothers
Mora, Pat.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Lee & Low Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations 27 cm
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.5 0.5 67069.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.4 2 Quiz: 24981.
Format :


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Material Type
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PS595.M64 L68 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Spanish Language

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Fourteen Latino poets pay tribute to their mothers and grandmothers in this touching volume. With verses written in English and generously peppered with Spanish words and expressions, all brilliantly captured in vibrant illustrations, Love to Mama offers a look at the maternal touches that remain with us forever. Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-9. Lots of food, hugs, kisses, and endearments, in Spanish and English, fill the 13 poems in this anthology that celebrates Latina mothers and grandmothers. 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. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Happy Mother's Day A dozen poems pay homage to mothers as well as abuelitas (grandmothers) in Love to Mam : A Tribute to Mothers edited by Pat Mora, illus. by Paula S. Barrag n M. "Las abuelitas" by Virgil Su rez conjures images of life in Cuba with metaphors that link gourds, pi¤atas and maracas. Francisco X. Alarc¢n's "My Grandma Is Like a Flowering Cactus/Mi abuelita es como un nopal en flor," set off as bilingual bookends to a festive-bright illustration of grandmother and grandson, offers readers an opportunity to hear the exquisite rhymes in their original language. The artwork, computer-enhanced images of cut-paper collage with thick black outlines, plays up the verdant greens of lush oceanside settings and Cuban landscapes while also conveying the warmth between the generations. ( Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3 Up-In a beautiful tribute to mothers, grandmothers, and care-giving women, 13 poets write with joy, humor, and love about the maternal bond. Representing a wide spectrum of Latino voices, the poets range from award-winning authors (Francisco X. Alarc-n, Mora) to a 15-year-old newcomer (Cristina Mu-iz Mutchler). Without exception, the poems are, in their differing forms and voices, of superb literary quality, making effective use of rhythm and meter. While cultural heritage provides a fundamental context, the universality of emotions expressed makes this a book with broad applicability and appeal. Barrag n's bright, bold illustrations are a fitting complement to the selections. Rendered in pencil, cut paper, and gouache, and computer enhanced, they express the varying moods of the poems-from vitality and joie de vivre to sadness and pathos-with precision, force, and grace. Wonderful for reading aloud or for enjoying quietly alone, this is that rare book that will resonate across age ranges and cultures to appeal to the common human experience. A tour de force.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.