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Talking with Mother Earth / Hablando con Madre Tierra
By (author): Jorge Argueta By (author): Lucia Angela Perez
Jorge Argueta , Lucia Angela Perez


Libros Tigrillo - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 5 - 8, Grade (US) K - 3
Apr 24, 2006
$18.95 CAD


9.56in x 8.94 x 0.38 in | 0.82 lb

Page Count:

36 pages
Groundwood Books Ltd
Libros Tigrillo
International Latino Book Awards - Best Children's Picture Book - Bilingual 2007, Runner-up Americas Award Commended List 2007, Commended Bank Street College Children's Library Best Children's Books of the Year 2007, Commended Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry (Honor Book) 2007, Commended
  • Short Description
These moving bilingual poems explore a young native boy's connection to Mother Earth and how he is healed from the wounds of racism he has endured.

An Americas Award Commended Title

Raw, honest and powerful, these moving bilingual poems by noted Salvadoran poet Jorge Argueta explore a young native boy's connection to Mother Earth and how he is healed from the terrible wounds of racism he has endured. Tetl has learned from his grandmother about the spirituality of his ancestors, about how they viewed the earth as alive with sacred meaning. This helps him move from doubt and fear, created by the taunts of other children, to self-acceptance and a discovery of his love for nature.

Mountains, wind, corn and stones all speak to Tetl, almost seeming to vibrate with life. He feels deep roots in them and, through them, he learns to speak and sing. They reveal his Nahuatl self and he realizes that he is special, beautiful and sacred.These gripping poems have something to teach us all, perhaps especially those who have been either intentionally or casually cruel or racist, as well as those who have been the victims of racism.

JORGE ARGUETA, a Pipil Nahua Indian from El Salvador and Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, is a prize-winning author of more than twenty children’s books. His book Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and was named to USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List, ALA Notable Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. Jorge is the founder of the International Children's Poetry Festival Manyula and the Library of Dreams, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy in El Salvador. Jorge divides his time between San Francisco, California, and El Salvador.

Lucia Angela Perez is a visual artist who has illustrated several children's books. Visit Lucia Angela Perez's website: http://www.luciaperez.info/index.html

In a clear child's voice, Argueta's poems...are intense, honest and moving....Perez's vibrant pastel art, on a bright, multicolored palette, perfectly complements Argueta's poems....Don't hesitate to read and show this beautiful book to young children. It is for them, and for all of us. - Multicultural Review

This deeply moving collection of poems by award-winning poet Argueta is a joyful celebration of his Nahuatl heritage...Like the simple yet vibrant free-verse stanza, the raw illustrations are deeply expressive. - Criticas Magazine

This literary offering stands out for its beauty and depth of expression...Perez's illustrations are colorful, detailed, and appealing, incorporating many indigenous icons...A unique and lovely collection. - School Library Journal

This very organic sense of identity is just right for kids beginning to articulate who they are and how they fit into this world. - Toronto Star

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