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Anno's Spain
Anno, Mitsumasa, 1926-
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, 2004.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Originally published in 2003 by Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers as Anno's Journey V by Mitsumasa Anno.
Format :


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Material Type
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The imaginative Anno takes us through Spain in his newest journey book, featuring twenty-one colorful, wordless spreads, depicting the enchanting cities and eras of this intriguing country. Discover once again—puzzle-like—the historic moments, hidden literary and artistic details, and, of course, discover Anno himself, as he wanders the unfolding countrysides. Mitsumasa Anno is well-known as one of the international greats in children’s literature. Enthusiasts, new friends and old, will be eager to take this armchair trip through Spain, a country rich in architectural and environmental beauty, and historical events. An author’s note is included.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Working in his characteristically meticulous pen-and-ink and watercolor style, Anno (Anno's U.S.A.) takes readers on another diverting excursion, sharing his sweeping, affectionate view of Spain in a wordless paean to the history, culture, people, landscape and architecture of the country. Past and present collide creatively in the artist's double-page, thought-provoking panoramas. The first spread, for example, shows an individual rowing a small boat from the open water toward land. A flip of the page reveals a seaside village with a galleon from a bygone era anchored offshore (perhaps the rower's vessel?), a nearby fishing boat (does the "2003" painted on the bow place the craft in the present?), youngsters playing soccer by the beach, a small procession of banner- and cross-toting fellows in medieval garb and-observant readers will notice-the rower of the boat purchasing a horse from a villager. Youngsters will eagerly track this horseback rider (dressed in blue from head to foot) and his passages through richly evoked countryside and towns, and will spot both quotidian and special events along the route. Anno works into his sprawling pictures such happenings as a wedding, a funeral, a bustling open-air marketplace, a bullfight, festivals and the running of the bulls. As an endnote points out, not all of Anno's renderings are from real life: Don Quixote can be seen tilting at windmills; a miniature Guernica is displayed outdoors in Guernica. In this skilled artist's innovative, often playful presentation, every spread tells a story-and encourages readers to interpret it for themselves. This is a voyage to savor-and to embark on again and again. Ages 4-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-8-Detailed pen and ink and watercolors illustrate this wordless travelogue. Anno's aerial tour of Spanish landscapes and townscapes is timeless: along with sightings of 20th-century architectural and artistic icons (Sagrada Familia, Guernica, etc.) there are also scenes of 15th-century ships at sea, olive harvesting, country fairs and religious processions, and the running of the bulls at Pamplona. Throughout, there are nods to Spain's literary, artistic, and cultural heritage. Close observers will catch glimpses of Don Quixote and his corpulent companion, a melting clock a la Dal', flamenco dancers, and Barcelona's human pyramid. Tableaus (of Las Meninas, scenes from Carmen) add whimsy, while the inclusion of the Alhambra and a Roman aqueduct pay tribute to the country's history. While suitable for picture collections, this title would also be a great addition to Spanish-language classrooms.-Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.