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Don Quixote and the windmills
Kimmel, Eric A.
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First edition.
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New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2004]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Immersed in tales of knights and dragons and sorcerers and damsels in distress, Senor Quexada proclaims himself a knight and sets out on his first adventure against some nearby windmills that he thinks are giants.
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A self-proclaimed knight

Señor Quexada has read so many books about knights in shining armor that he thinks he is one. He gives himself a name more fitting for a knight -- Don Quixote -- and sets off one evening with his squire. At dawn they come across what Don Quixote recognizes as an army of monstrous giants. "Master!" cries Sancho Panza. "They are only windmills!" But Don Quixote knows what he has to do . . .

Don Quixote is the creation of the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Eric A. Kimmel skillfully and cleverly crystallizes the character, and with his powerful line and
vibrant color Leonard Everett Fisher completes the funny, loving portrait.

Author Notes

Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois.

He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award.

Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. Cervantes' famous character gets new life in this adaptation, which zeroes in on the incident for which Don Quixote is perhaps best known--the one in which he tilts at windmills. The story begins as Senor Quexada goes mad, burying himself in the past and re-creating himself as Don Quixote, a renowned knight. To that end, he puts on a suit of rusty armor, chooses a fat farmer as his squire and sweet Dulcinea as the object of his courtly love, and sets off. Spotting windmills in the distance, Don Quixote sees the structures as giants and refuses to be dissuaded about the objects' real nature. The telling here is staid, leaving the art to express most of the excitement. And it does. Veteran artist Fisher, known for his solid, impressive renderings, brings a suppleness to the artwork that captures a tale bubbling with action. The spreads in which Don Quixote becomes caught on the windmill's canvas and is pulled here and there are dramatically rendered, with perspective changing on every page. An informative author's note explains the story's history. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-5-Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote, driven mad by reading too many chivalric romances, is a universally appealing figure who expresses the human desire for excitement, passion, and meaning. In this retelling of the windmill episode, Se-or Quexada transforms himself into Don Quixote, finds his suit of armor, saddles his nag, picks a pretty farm girl as his lady love, and convinces Sancho Panza to come along as his squire. Defeating a horde of "monstrous giants" (actually windmills) becomes his first (and almost final) order of business. Kimmel's narrative maintains the wry tone of Cervantes's original, ensuring that readers see the "truth" while the Don is deluded. Nonetheless, by the end of the tale, youngsters will find themselves rooting for The Knight of the Mournful Countenance as he searches out further adventures. Fisher's signature illustrations are the ideal accompaniment to the sprightly text. Making dramatic use of white highlights, the bold acrylic paintings have a kinetic momentum and power. The stark white backgrounds allow the figures and rich colors to dominate; and, indeed, as Don Quixote and Sancho are born aloft by the windmills, the sense of vertigo plays against the humor of the story to perfection. An ideal appetite whetter for older students, this version also makes an iconic literary figure accessible to younger students.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.