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From the Bellybutton of the Moon, and Other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la luna, y otros poemas de verano

by Francisco X Alarcon
Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Published by Children's Book Press, 1998
32 pages
ISBN: 0-89239-153-7

Ages 7 - 10

Francisco Alarcón's second bilingual picture book collection of poems for children is brimming with summer sights, summer sounds, and summer memories. The shorter poems in the collection are startling for their clarity and sense of perfection as they describe a summer-related feeling, aspect of nature, or memory in as few as eight words. The slightly longer poems sing with the cadence of personal story as they chronicle experiences specific to a child of Mexican heritage, but they are no less accessible than the shorter poems to any child who has ever loved language, or who has attached meaning to specific people and places. This Spanish/English collection, like Alarcón's earlier Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems (Children's Book Press, 1997), is illustrated with Maya Christina Gonzalez's celebratory paintings that reflect a child's joy in nature and family. CCBC categories: Poetry.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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