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Magic Windows / Ventanas mágicas


Written and illustrated by Carmen Lomas Garza

About This Title


Paperback: 9780892391837


Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winner
American Library Association (ALA)

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 2 – 5

Reading Level:

Grades 3 – 4


Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Imagination, Home, Holidays/Traditions, Families, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Biography/Memoir, Bilingual, Art, Animals

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Written and illustrated by Carmen Lomas Garza

Through the magic windows of her cut-paper art, Carmen shows us her family, her life as an artist, and the legends of her Aztec past.

We look into Carmen’s studio and see her paint a Mexican jarabe tapatío dancer; we glimpse the hummingbirds that cross the US-Mexico border to taste the sweet nectar of the cactus flowers; and we watch Carmen teach her nieces and nephews how to make their own magic windows.

Magic Windows is a continuing tribute to family and community as well as a way for Carmen to connect future generations to their ancestors by teaching and sharing with them this traditional folk art.

Check out the book discussion and activity guide created by Lindsay Harris and Haley Rugger with Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo, provided by the University of Alabama School of Library and Informational Studies.

Pair Magic Windows with the author study guide Carmen Lomas Garza: Chicana Author and Illustrator by Deborah J. Francis, part of The Alma Project, a cultural infusion model by Denver Public Schools.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumbCarmen Lomas Garza – Author, Illustratoris one of the most prominent Mexican American painters working today. Born and raised in Texas, she now lives in San Francisco, California. Her paintings have traveled all over the United States and Mexico in numerous exhibitions.


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