Books by Pat Mora

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"While it is wonderful to see a book featuring Latina characters who are proud Americans, the promotion of idealized visions of life in the United States and the immigrant experience makes it a distinctly one-sided treatment. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
An intergenerational ode to a positive United States immigration experience. Read full book review >
BRAVO, CHICO CANTA! BRAVO! by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Food for thought for monolingual mouselings—not to mention their parents and teachers. (afterword) (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
A little mouse's foreign-language skills save his family from a cat in this mother-daughter debut. Read full book review >
THE BEAUTIFUL LADY by Pat Mora
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"An average version of an extraordinary tale. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
Mora retells the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Read full book review >
DIZZY IN YOUR EYES: Poems About Love by Pat Mora
POETRY
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"A must read for lovestruck teens, whether they're poets or not. (Poetry. 12 & up)"
A lovely collection of poems about the uncertainties of teenage love in all its greatness and through all its varied forms of expression. Read full book review >
GRACIAS/THANKS by Pat Mora
Kirkus Star
by Pat Mora, illustrated by John Parra, translated by Adriana Domínguez
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"For this graceful celebration, ¡gracias! (Picture book. 4-8)"
From "the sun that wakes me up so I don't sleep for years and years and grow a long, white beard" to the "old pajamas, so soft they feel like I'm putting on air" and "the cricket hiding when he serenades us to sleep," a little Latino boy says "¡gracias!" with sweetly ingenuous enthusiasm. Read full book review >
A PIÑATA IN A PINE TREE by Pat Mora
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 14, 2009

"The inclusion of numerals and the pronunciation of the Spanish words, along with a concluding glossary and pronunciation guide, facilitates reading and makes it absolutely entertaining. (Picture book. 6-9)"
"On the first day of Christmas my amiga gave to me," sings a little girl. Read full book review >
WIGGLING POCKETS/LOS BOLSILLOS SALTARINES  by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Spanish text will spark questions about Danny's future actions and will require readers to make the leap from hopping disaster to a happy springy solution. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When Danny comes in for lemonade and cherry pie, out of his wiggling pockets jump a bunch of energetic frogs. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"A great choice for family readings at primary and nursery programs all year long. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A happy assortment of multicultural children, adults and friendly critters celebrate books and reading in recognition of El día de los niños/El día de los libros. Read full book review >
ABUELOS by Pat Mora
by Pat Mora, illustrated by Amelia Lau Carling, translated by Elena Iribarren
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Also available in a Spanish edition (ISBN: 978-0-88899-717-3). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lovely watercolors contribute to the charm of this story about a wintertime tradition in northern New Mexico, when the abuelos, or grandfathers, disguised as frightening old men, swoop down from the mountains on cold winter nights to scare the children into good behavior. Read full book review >
HERE, KITTY, KITTY!/VEN, GATITA, VEN! by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Preschoolers learning or proficient in either language will smile along. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This entry in Mora's highly successful bilingual series My Family/Mi Familia introduces a family's energetic new kitty/gatita, whose mischievous antics inside and outside the house are all forgiven with warm affection. Read full book review >
JOIN HANDS! by Pat Mora
POETRY
Released: July 1, 2008

"The full poem is included at the end with color-coded lines to help readers understand its structure, along with a friendly explanation of the form. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Lively photographs celebrate both individuality and community. Read full book review >
SWEET DREAMS/DULCES SUEÑOS by Pat Mora
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2008

"Mi Familia series brings a soothing tone to a nightly ritual universal in any language or culture. (Picture book. 1-3)"
While all the animals and birds are sleeping and the stars are shining and the moon is smiling, Abuelita tucks her little grandson and two granddaughters in with kisses and wishes for sweet dreams. Read full book review >
LET’S EAT!/¡A COMER! by Pat Mora
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2008

"This is the first in a new bilingual series for young children created by a major proponent of family literacy initiatives. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three young children share the pleasure of sitting down to an inviting family dinner in their cozy suburban house. Read full book review >
YUM! MMMM! ¡QUÉ RICO! by Pat Mora
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"More interesting as social science than as poetry, but visually gorgeous. (Nonfiction/poetry. 7-12)"
Haiku celebrating the diversity of edible plants native to the Americas—blueberries, chocolate, prickly pears, pecans and more. Read full book review >
¡MARIMBA! by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"An inviting introduction to both Spanish and the animal kingdom. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Animals frolic through the whole alphabet in Spanish as well as English. Read full book review >
THE SONG OF FRANCIS AND THE ANIMALS by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Though there is no author's note to explain the life of the saint in more detail, this treatment serves well as an introduction to the saint who lived in a down-to-earth fashion. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 4-9)"
Strikingly beautiful woodcuts and an oversized format create a first-rate visual accompaniment to this imaginative story about St. Read full book review >
A LIBRARY FOR JUANA by Pat Mora
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"Nevertheless, this magnificent offering, interspersed with Spanish phrases, and filled with authentic details in its illustrations will be a welcome addition to most library collections. (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
This picture-book biography of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz brings the great 17th-century poet and intellectual, revered throughout Latin America, to the attention of English-speaking children. Read full book review >
THE RACE OF TOAD AND DEER by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Nevertheless, this is a lovely title that, with its emphasis on the importance of cleverness, friendship, and cooperation, will be interesting to compare with other versions of the tale. (Picture book/folktale. 3-7)"
The familiar story of the race between the hare and the tortoise appears here in a Guatemalan version that the author heard from a guide at the Mayan ruins of Tikal. Read full book review >
LOVE TO MAMÁ by Pat Mora
POETRY
Released: April 15, 2001

"Abrazos (hugs) for Mora and all the contributors for this one. (author's note, biographical sketches) (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
The warmth of family life, especially that of mothers, aunts, and grandmothers, pervades this delightful collection of poems by Latino writers from various national backgrounds. Read full book review >
THE RAINBOW TULIP by Pat Mora
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Sayles's softly colored illustrations, by turns wistful and vibrant, capture the times and the tone as a young child finds her place in her parents' new country. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Set in El Paso, Texas, in the 1920s, this moving family memoir focuses on Mora's mother as a child, who participated in her own way in a May Day parade. Read full book review >
THIS BIG SKY by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Tall Walking Woman,'' where Mora is all minute observation and Jenkins all atmosphere, but when their efforts fuse, they lyrically summon the special qualities of a singular landscape. (Picture book. 5-9)"
 Mora (Tom†s and the Library Lady, 1997, etc.) celebrates the people, creatures, and landscapes of the American southwest through poetry of mixed quality. Read full book review >
TOMAS AND THE LIBRARY LADY by Pat Mora
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Col¢n's dreamy illustrations capture the brief friendship and its life-altering effects in soft earth tones, using round sculptured shapes that often depict the boy right in the middle of whatever story realm he's entered. (Picture book. 7-10)"
 A charming, true story about the encounter between the boy who would become chancellor at the University of California at Riverside and a librarian in Iowa. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF HOUSES by Pat Mora
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 1997

"In a language deftly mingling the natural cadences of speech and precise, poetic imagery, Mora believably summons up both a group of tough, loving, idiosyncratic survivors and a vivid, detailed portrait of life in the southwest in this century. (12 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
 A lyrical celebration of several generations of a Mexican- American family in El Paso, Tex., by a poet and essayist (Nepantla, not reviewed). Read full book review >
CONFETTI by Pat Mora
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

 Confetti ($14.95; Oct. 1996; 32 pp.; 1-880000-25-3): The best of these poems that mix English and Spanish (``I say yo soy libre'') warmly evokes familiar touchstones of Mexican-American life. Read full book review >
UNO, DOS, TRES: ONE, TWO, THREE by Pat Mora
FICTION
Released: April 22, 1996

"EWSLUGp1991, but in art this stylized, it probably doesn't matter. (Picture book. 3-6)"
 Another bilingual rhyme from Mora (Listen to the Desert/Oye al Desierto, 1994, etc.), this one a simple one-to-ten counting book featuring two little girls in a Mexican market who are buying birthday presents for their mother. Read full book review >
THE RACE OF TOAD AND DEER by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A great race; a winning combination. (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
 Appealingly childlike gouache paintings highlight this glib retelling of a Guatemalan folktale, complete with a careful source note. Read full book review >
PABLO'S TREE by Pat Mora
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Meandering but moving story. (Fiction/Picture book. 2-6)"
 It's Pablo's birthday, and he's ready for his birthday visit to his grandfather Lito's house, where Lito has decorated a special tree in Pablo's honor. Read full book review >
LISTEN TO THE DESERT/OYE AL DESIERTO by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: April 18, 1994

"An attractive book for introducing the desert- -and a second language—to young children. (Picture book. 2-7)"
 A very simple text, with each line (``Listen to coyote call, ar-ar-aooo, ar-ar-aooo/El coyote canta, ah£££, ah£££, ah£££''; ``Listen to the wind spin, zoom, zoom, zoom...'') repeated twice in English plus twice in Spanish, becomes a rhythmic, lyrical bilingual chant suggesting the onomatopoeic powers of both tongues. Read full book review >
A BIRTHDAY BASKET FOR TIA by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Cecilia and her family are charming. (Picture book. 2- 6)"
 Great-aunt T°a is 90, and the whole family is getting ready to surprise her on her birthday. Read full book review >