Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart

Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart

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Overview

Doña Flor is a giant woman who lives in a puebla with lots of families. She loves her neighbors–she lets the children use her flowers for trumpets, and the families use her leftover tortillas for rafts. So when a huge puma is terrifying the village, of course Flor is the one to investigate.
Featuring Spanish words and phrases throughout, as well as a glossary, Pat Mora’s story, along with Raúl Colón’s glorious artwork, makes this a treat for any reader, tall or small. Award-winning author Pat Mora’s previous book with Raúl Colón, Tomás and the Library Lady, received the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, an IRA Teacher’s Choice Award, a Skipping Stones Award, and was also named a Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List title and an Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature commended title. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375823374
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/11/2005
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 620,627
Product dimensions: 9.44(w) x 12.25(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Raúl Colón has been awarded gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators for his picture-book art. Colón’s work has also appeared in Time Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He lives in New York.

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Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
KatherineLo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dona Flor is a giant lady who loves her neighbors and is often helping them out and playing an reading to their children. One day they hear a loud scary noisso Dona goes to investigate and finds a puma roaring in a hollow log which amplifies his voice to the surronding valley. Every one is releaved it isn't something more. In the classroom: introduction to the picture book and folktales, storytelling
shelb.norm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a baby, Dona Flora's mother sang to her so she would grow big and tall. Well, Dona Flora grew as tall as a mountain! She was picked on my other children until she proved how kind she was by rescuing the town from a mysterious "grrrrrrrrrrr."
sskatherine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The texture and stylizing in the colored pencil illustrations within Dona Flor are wonderful. The large pages feel like they are large murals, and really personify the largeness of Dona Flor and her personality. Dona Flor shows the reader the benefits of helping your neighbors and accepting those who are different from oneself. This story would be wonderful to read aloud during a Latin American unit (as it is a traditional Latin American folk tale), or just as a fun story. It could also be fun to have an activity or art lesson in which students explore the use of etching and colored pencils together.
allie_mansfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great story about a woman who has a big heart and wanted to help everyone, I would highly recommend reading this book. The detail to the pictures made the story more imaginative.
dreamer2000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
good book goes into womans work does not talk about mens work. Dona takes care of everybody and keeps them all safe. very nice pictures shows how much bigger Dona Flor is then the rest of the town.
kaitlinc23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a good example of a tall tale because it tells of a woman who is a giant that takes care of all the needs of the people that most people would not be able to fix. This woman is a loved woman by the town, set in a Latin American culture, she speaks bits of Spanish in the book. The woman calms all of natures' uproars and is the ultimate town mother. An example of a tall tale that is not just an American tall tale. Genre: Tall TaleLevel: Primary
AngMarWilson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a giant Mexican woman with a big heart. She may look different than her friends but her friends still love her for who she is. She helps her friends given an opportunity. Dona Flor also loves to sing.I think this book is great! Part of my family comes from Mexican heritage so I absolutely enjoyed this book. Plus, this book shows friendship in a way it should be showed. Never judge someone before you get to know them.I would use some of the vocabulary in this book to begin a Spanish lesson. They use different Spanish words during the book. I would also have a "hands on" activity and bring in homemade tortillas. Dona Flor made tortillas for all the villagers almost every day.
josier80 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written tall tale about a giant woman who the community has come to love because she provides them with amazing tortillas among other things. The community becomes very afraid of the sound of a giant mountain cat and it is up to Dona Flor to save them. Dona Flor echoes the story of Paul Bunyan. The townspeople love her, she is good with animals, and can even hug the wind.
TeamPat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Dona Flor" is a great fantasy book. It is about a giant, Dona Flor, who protects her neighbors from a puma. She has a big heart and is always trying to help everyone she comes into contact with. Throughout spanish words are used to portray the culture. A fun book with great water color illustrations.
jdieder104 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a few Spanish word in the text. The words would be a good introduction to a few words in Spanish and the culture. Dona Flor is a gentle giant and helps her neighbors. Theme is things are not always what they seem, and face your fears. The illustrations are brilliant a combination of dot, watercolor and etchings.
wturnbull06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of a Tall Tale becasue it is a story with a simple plot of a giant that cares for a protect her neighboros. Charaterization: Dona Flor is a round static character because you know alot about her but she doesnt change thoughout the story media: mixed media
lnpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a folktale about a giant woman which tells the story in English with words in Spanish mixed it. It helps to show the heritage behind the tale.A programm connection for a library setting could be reading the story then drawing small figures or using small toys to have the children imagine they were giants themselves.
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Marvelous illustrations add to the story's beauty. *Amazing storyline - a nice "tall tale" to entertain readers. *Enjoyable work of fiction. *Good picture book for youth. *Will captivate and entertain both children and adults.