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The Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems & Stories from Mexico with Paintings from Mexican Artists

by Naomi Shihab, editor Nye

Published by Simon & Schuster, 1995
110 pages
ISBN: 0-689-80297-8

Age 8 and older

Leticia Tarragó's intriguing cover art shows scarlet fish with wheels on two fins, a propeller on the third, and a child riding on its back in a terrain inhabited by a cat, a pair of giraffes and two moons. The inviting jacket leads readers or browsers into a handsome volume introducing more than 100 poems and other writings, including five folktales and 24 full-color art reproductions. Separate indexes of English language and Spanish language titles help readers locate poems, while a third index cites the writers and artists. Biographical information is provided for them and for the translators. The title of this lovely, unique anthology originates in the poem "The Lemon Tree" (Árbol de limón) by Jennifer Clement from Mexico City. "...Remember / the tree is older than you are / and you might find stories / in its branches." CCBC categories: POETRY; THE ARTS.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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