Gracias Thanks

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Product Details

Price
$18.95  $17.43
Publisher
Lee & Low Books
Publish Date
Pages
32
Dimensions
8.78 X 11.06 X 0.43 inches | 0.99 pounds
Language
Spanish
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781600602580

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About the Author

PAT MORA, poet and author, has written more than thirty children's books, including Bookjoy, Wordjoy and Gracias Thanks from Lee & Low Books. She is a popular national speaker and the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day). Mora's books have won numerous awards and honors, and she is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award and presented the ALA's 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture. Mora lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her website is patmora.com.

John Parra is a graphic artist, an illustrator, and a fine artist. His paintings have been exhibited in many gallery shows around the United States, and much of his work is inspired by his knowledge and appreciation of his Hispanic heritage. Parra has illustrated two recent picture books: P is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet and My Name is Gabriela/Me llamo Gabriela. He and his wife live in South Richmond Hill, New York. Parra's website is johnparraart.com.

Reviews

* From the sun waking him up in the morning to a cricket chirping him to sleep at night, a young boy gives thanks for the many things and people who enrich his life. These blessings are remarkable for their childlike imagination and fresh imagery: 'Por mis piyamas viejos, tan suaves que me siento como si me estuviera poniendo aire, gracias. / For my old pajamas, so soft they feel like I'm putting on air, thanks.' The bilingual format features Spanish on the left-hand page and English on the right, and the dedication and author's note are also printed in both languages. The boy himself appears to be bicultural, with a fairskinned, blond mother and a Latino father, and together with the boy's siblings and extended family, they are warmly depicted dancing, fishing, working, and eating. Parra's vivid acrylic illustrations have the feel of folk-art woodcuts and whimsically portray the details of the boy's world, from his kite and books to his tennis shoes and ice cream. Books of thanks can run toward clichés, but the originality and liveliness of language and art in this one will inspire children to consider their own blessings. -- Booklist, starred review