This bilingual collection of 22 poems was inspired by the author’s recollections of childhood summers in Mexico. Some of the poems, like “Green Grass” are quite short “We love/ to go shoeless/ on green grass/ Mother Earth/ loves to tickle/ our bare feet/”) and some, like “Ancient Wisdom” are longer. Some are written as part of the design of the illustration, like “Water Wheel” in which the poem whirls around circles of blue and white water, or “Sea” in which the words are part of the waves. All are presented in both English and Spanish on the same page.
Maya Christina Gonzalez’s illustrations resemble folk paintings, with bold colors and happy scenes of summer fun and close family life. The text and design are innovatively complementary, which adds to the impact of the whole.
All in all, this is a joyous production, and a most pleasing way to teach children another language.
Published by Children’s Book Press, 1998; First Trade Paper Edition edition, 2005
Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Paperback: 32 pages
Language: English and Spanish