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Gathering the Sun / Recogiendo El Sol Un Abecedar: An Alphabet in Spanish and English Bilingual Edition
Contributor(s): Ada, Alma Flor, Silva, Simon (Illustrator), Zubizarreta, Rosa

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ISBN: 0688170676     ISBN-13: 9780688170677
Publisher: Rayo
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2001
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Annotation: This collection of gentle poems tells the story of Hispanic migrant farm workers and their deep connections to the earth they till. Each poem begins with a letter in the Spanish alphabet and appears in both Spanish and English. Full-color illustrations.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children's poetry, Hispanic American (Spanish)
Spanish language; Alphabet.
Agricultural laborers; Juvenile poetry.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Concepts | Alphabet
Dewey: 861
LCCN: 2005299822
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.00" W x 0.25" (0.45 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 30119
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q22997
Reading Level: 4.1   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
In simple words and sun-drenched paintings, Alma Flor Ada and Simon Silva take us into the fields and orchards, and into the lives of the people who work them. Simple poems in Spanish and English, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet, describe the wonder of the vegetable and fruit farms. Together, the poems and the rich illustrations celebrate the glory of nature and the hearts of all who dedicate their lives to working the land.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998)
United by themes of harvest, work, values, and home, these brief poems honor the lives of migrant farmworkers and celebrate an alphabetic list of Spanish words. Each poem appears first in Spanish and then in an English translation on the same page. Vibrant gouache paintings depict sunlit farmlands and laborers at work and at home in this book dedicated to the memory of CTsar Chßvez. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1997 March)
An alphabet book with exceptional illustrations and excellent poetry that gives voice to the experience of Hispanic agricultural workers. Each letter is matched with a Spanish word (for example, "Arboles" for "A") and accompanied by a poem in both Spanish and English that describes how the plant, fruit, vegetable, person, or feeling functions in the lives of these workers. Zubizarreta's English translations are informed and graceful, but predictably cannot match the Spanish originals in rhythm, assonance, or meter. Silva's vibrant, double-page, gouache illustrations are reminiscent of the artwork of Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. The colors are brilliant, and the scope has a certain larger-than-life sense to it. This is a book that begs to be read aloud to all students, whether they are Spanish speaking or not. The sound of the poems will draw them in. The touching elegy for César Chávez successfully imparts the impact of a heroic man on his people. Whether used to show the plight of migrant workers or the pride Hispanic laborers feel in their heritage, this is an important book. Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews
 
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