Search Results: "Alma Flor Ada"


BOOK REVIEW

ISLAND TREASURES by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Readers new to Ada's memoirs will be moved and inspired. (author's note, glossary) (Memoir. 9-12)"
Ada, an award-winning writer and multicultural and bilingual education expert, recounts childhood memories of growing up in Cuba in the 1940s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Some repetition does not detract, and children might be moved by Ada's exhortation to consider their own family stories. (b&w photographs) (Memoir. 9-14)"
Of books comprising nuggets of memory there seems to be no end, and in a companion volume to her Where the Flame Trees Bloom (1994, not reviewed), Ada recounts small stories of growing up in the town of in CamagÅey, Cuba. Read full book review >

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WITH LOVE, LITTLE RED HEN by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Known for both the two previous titles in this series and the Albert series of books, Tryon's detailed illustrations fit the letters perfectly, and close observers will discover something new with each reading. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Lovers of fractured fairy tales will be amused by this further peek into the personal letters of familiar characters by the team that started it all with Dear Peter Rabbit (1994). Ms. Red Hen has just moved to Happy Valley with her brood of chicks, but her neighbors are proving to be less than neighborly. Read full book review >

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I LOVE SATURDAYS Y DOMINGOS by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Children eager to explore their own heritage will enjoy watching as the heroine embraces all the diversity in her life. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With English- and Spanish-speaking grandparents, the child in this story explores the wonders of both cultures. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"An unfortunate effort in almost every respect. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lilting Spanish text and its weak English counterpart relate a cumulative tale about the decorating of a tree, and provide a good argument against the use of bilingual texts. ``Look at the beautiful Christmas tree/with the bright candle/Grandma lit,/the candy cane/Grandpa hung,/and the sleigh/Uncle Irineo painted!'' cannot compare to ``¤QuÇ lindo el †rbol de Navidad/adornado con la vela/que encendi¢ Abuela,/con el caramelo/que le colg¢ Abuelo/y con el trineo/de t°o Irineo!'' These events are illustrated over several pages. Read full book review >

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DANCING HOME by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2011

"Although sometimes wise beyond their years, Margie and Lupe will charm readers as each girl struggles for belonging and acceptance in this realistic novel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Two cousins, one born in Texas and the other in Mexico, learn the importance of family and friendship. Read full book review >

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EXTRA! EXTRA! by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2007

"A must for every fairy-tale collection. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Ada's latest is a continuation of the Hidden Forest series of fairy-tale adventures, but this time, several editions of the Hidden Forest News newspaper replace the letters of the previous books. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: April 21, 1993

"An unusually appealing readaloud. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
A cumulative tale that echoes ``The Old Woman and Her Pig.'' Since the debonair rooster is so busy preening his feathers and polishing his beak that he skips breakfast, the kernel of corn he finds on his way to the wedding is tempting, though it's in a puddle. Read full book review >

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MEDIOPOLLITO/HALF-CHICKEN by Alma Flor Ada
adapted by Alma Flor Ada, illustrated by Kim Howard, translated by Rosalma Zubizarreta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The message is universal and bears repeating: Neighborliness is its own reward, but paybacks come in handy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A traditional Spanish tale of how the weathervane came to be, set in Mexico and told in Spanish on the left page of each spread, and English on the right. Read full book review >

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DANIEL’S MYSTERY EGG by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Though the text size, word choice, and smooth flow of writing combine well with Karas's (The Class Artist, not reviewed, etc.) simple drawings, the unconscionable attitude that wild creatures are up for grabs is inhumane. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Daniel finds a small egg underneath a bush. Read full book review >

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THE LIZARD AND THE SUN/LA LAGARTIJA Y EL SOL by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"English and Spanish texts appear on each spread of this pleasant tale, diluted only by the several journeys of the lizard between rock and city, and the sun's prolonged resistance to waking up. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
Ada (Mediopollito/Half-Chicken, 1995, etc.) elongates a Mexican folktale about a tenacious lizard who won't stop looking for the sun when it disappears; D†valos creates a series of half-lit, blue-toned spreads that evoke the world of the Aztec empire. Read full book review >