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Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems / Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno Cover

$8.95 (Paperback)

Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems / Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno

By Francisco X. Alarcón

Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez

9780892392025


In their final collection of seasonal poetry, poet Francisco X. Alarcón and artist Maya Christina Gonzalez invite us to celebrate winter—by the seashore, in the magic city of San Francisco, and in the ancient redwood forests of the Sierras.

We see a city where people are bridges to each other and children sing poetry in two languages. A family frolic in the snow reminds the poet of the iguanas playing by his grandmother's house in Mexico. We are dazzled by the promise of seedling redwoods—like all children—destined to be the ancestors of tomorrow.

Artist Maya Christina Gonzalez has once again created a spirited family of children and adults who swing their way through colorful pages. Collages of old maps of Mexico and California provide intriguing backgrounds, and fun-loving iguanas peek out at us from the most surprising places.

Teacher's Guide

Audio Podcast with Francisco Alarcon and Maya Christina Gonzalez

This Book is from Children's Book Press

Awards
Pura Belpre Honor Award
American Library Association

Interest Level
Grades 2 - 6
Reading Level
Grades 3 - 4
Themes
Animals, Bilingual, Cultural diversity, Friendship, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Poetry
About the Creators

Francisco X. Alarcón is a renowned poet and educator and a three-time winner of the Pura Belpré Author Award Honor for his bilingual Magical Cycle of the Seasons series of poetry for children. His many other honors include the American Book Award, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, the Chicano Literary Prize, and finalist for state poet laureate of California. Alarcón is also the author of several poetry collections for adults and textbooks for teaching Spanish. He lives in Davis, California, where he teaches and directs the Spanish for Native Speakers Program at the University of California.

Maya Christina Gonzalez is a widely exhibited artist renowned for her vivid imagery of strong women and girls. She has illustrated nearly twenty children’s books, and her artwork has appeared on the cover of Contemporary Chicano/a Art. My Colors, My World was the first book Maya both wrote and illustrated. Books that Maya illustrated include Laughing Tomatoes, From the Bellybutton of the Moon, and Angels Ride Bikes. She lives and plays in San Francisco, California.

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