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A PERFECT SEASON FOR DREAMING / UN TIEMPO PERFECTO PARA SOÑAR by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Kirkus Star

A PERFECT SEASON FOR DREAMING / UN TIEMPO PERFECTO PARA SOÑAR

By Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Author) , Esau Andrade Valencia (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-933693-01-9
Publisher: Cinco Puntos

One cloudless summer, 78-year-old Octavio Rivera’s afternoon naps lead to a series of fantastical dreams. On the first day of the season, a single guitar “whispering songs of love” bursts through a star-shaped piñata, and on the second day, two kissing turtles float across a blue sky. With each passing day, the items delivered by the piñata grow in both number and whimsy; as his dreams surround and fill him up, Octavio feels a growing need to share his dreams; but with whom? Sáenz’s treatment of reality and his rich, sensory-filled imagery evokes García Márquez, while Andrade Valencia’s illustrations, done in a brilliant southwestern palette, employ flat perspectives and surrealist compositions to create a visual fusion of folk art and Magritte. One lovely wordless spread finds Octavio revealing his dreams to his granddaughter Regina, and in so doing, Octavio also shares himself. While a counting book in concept, Sáenz’s text is layered with multiple meanings. Young readers will enjoy its structure, numbers and playful dreams, while more sophisticated readers—and even adults—will find reasons to return to it again and again. (Picture book. 5-8)