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Iguanas in the snow and other winter poems
Alarcón, Francisco X., 1954-2016.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Children's Book Press/Libros para niños, 2001.
Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 51835.


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Material Type
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PS3551.L22 I39 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
PS3551.L22 I39 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PS3551.L22 I39 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PS3551.L22 I39 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Spanish Language
PS3551.L22 I39 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Spanish Language
PS3551.L22 I39 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Foreign Language

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This collection of poems invites young readers to celebrate winter at the seashore, in San Francisco and in the redwood forests of the Sierras. Illustrations.

Author Notes

Francisco X. Alarcón was born in Los Angeles, California on February 21, 1954. He grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico. He received an undergraduate degree from California State University at Long Beach and a MA from Stanford University. He was the author of 14 collections of poetry for both children and adults.

His collections of poetry for adults include Body in Flames/Cuerpo en Llamas; De Amor Oscuro/Of Dark Love; From the Other Side of Night/Del Otro Lado de la Noche: New and Selected Poems; Ce Uno One: Poemas para el Nuevo Sol/Poems for the New Sun; Borderless Butterflies: Earth Haikus and Other Poems/Mariposas sin Fronteras: Haikus Terrenales y Otros Poemas; and Canto Hondo/Deep Song. Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation won the American Book Award. He also received the 1984 Chicano Literary Prize, the 1993 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and a Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association in 2002.

His collections of poetry for children include Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems/Los Angeles Andan en Bicicleta y Otros Poemas de Otoño and Iguana in the Snow and Other Winter Poems/Iguanas en la Nieve y Otros Poemas de Invierno. Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems/Jitomates Risuenos y Otros Poemas de Primavera won the National Parenting Publications Gold Award and From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otros Poemas de Verano won the American Library Association's Pura Belpré Honor Award for Latino Literature.

He served as director of the Spanish for Native Speakers Program at the University of California at Davis, and taught for the Art of the Wild workshop and the California Poets in the Schools program. He died of cancer on January 15, 2016 at the age of 61.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 6-8. With the same flair and gusto he displayed in previous seasonal poetry samplings, such as From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems (1998), Alarcon celebrates winter in northern California--from beautiful Mission Dolores and the ethnic diversity of San Francisco to a bilingual school, migrant life, and giant sequoias. Bold, fanciful artwork on double-page spreads whimsically complements this buoyant tribute to Latinos.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Francisco X. Alarcbon celebrates a San Francisco winter in Iguanas in the Snow: And Other Winter Poems/ Iguanas en la nieve: y otros poemas de invierno. The title poem describes a family delighted "to see snow/ for the first time/ on the Sierra Nevada/ all dressed in white/ like a bride." Illustrator Maya Christina Gonzalez captures the vibrant colors of the city and its people; English and Spanish verses sit side by side. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 5-This fourth book in Alarc-n and Gonzalez's series of poems about seasons maintains the quality seen in the earlier titles. Brief, zippy verses express delight in such simple things as a family frolic in the snow and the wonder of giant redwoods. More than a series of poetic vignettes, however, this celebration of winter is an ode, as well, to San Francisco, a city where people are bridges to one another and a multiplicity of languages are heard. The selections are short of line and long on meter, with a rhythmic roll that begs reading aloud. It is one of Alarc-n's strengths that he makes both the reading and the writing of poetry accessible. His work serves as an excellent pattern for teaching students to write about their own experiences. Better in Spanish, where the swing of the language and the internal rhyme give a more definite shape, the English verses still surprise in their fresh use of language and joyous voice. Gonzalez's illustrations are bright and busy, catching the playful cadence of the words.-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.