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Calling the Doves / El canto de las palomas


By Juan Herrera
Illustrated by Elly Simmons


About This Title


Paperback: 9780892391660

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 2 – 5

Reading Level:

Grades 4 – 4


Vehicles In Motion, Occupations, Mothers, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Immigration, Home, History, Fathers, Farming, Families, Environment/Nature, Dreams & Aspirations, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Bilingual, Poverty, People In Motion, Biography/Memoir, California, Courage, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Nonfiction, Pride

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By Juan Herrera
Illustrated by Elly Simmons

Calling the Doves is poet Juan Felipe Herrera’s story of his migrant farm worker childhood. In delightful and lyrical language, he recreates the joy of eating breakfast under the open sky, listening to Mexican songs in the little trailer house his father built, and celebrating with other families at a fiesta in the mountains. He remembers his mother’s songs and poetry, and his father’s stories and his calling the doves. For Juan Felipe, the farm worker road was also the beginning of his personal road to becoming a writer.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumbJuan Herrera – Authoris an acclaimed poet and children’s book author. His first children’s book, Calling the Doves, won the prestigious Ezra Jack Keats Award, and another book, The Upside Down Boy, was made into a musical for young audiences in 2004. He teaches at California State University, Fresno.

Thumb_thumbElly Simmonsis an internationally-exhibited painter. Her first picture book for Children’s Book Press, Magic Dogs of the Volcanoes by Manlio Argueto, was highly praised for its rich colors and magnificent imagery. She lives with her family in Lagunitas, California.


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