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

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By Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez

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ISBN

Paperback: 9780892392025

Awards

Commended Lists – Américas Book Award
Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs

Notable Children’s Book
American Library Association (ALA)

Pura Belpré Author Award Honor
ALSC/Reforma

Guided Reading:

O

Lexile:

NP

Interest Level:

Grades 2 – 6

Reading Level:

Grades 3 – 4

Themes

Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Poetry, Neighbors, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Immigration, Imagination, Grandparents, Friendship, Families, Dreams & Aspirations, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Bilingual, Animals, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Biography/Memoir, California, Environment/Nature, Home, Nonfiction, Pride

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Description

By Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez


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.


About the Creators

Thumb_thumbFrancisco Alarcón – Authorwas 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 was also the author of several poetry collections for adults and textbooks for teaching Spanish. In addition, he directed the Spanish for Native Speakers Program at the University of California. Alarcón passed away in early 2016.

Thumb_thumbMaya Christina Gonzalezis 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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