Doña Flor is a giant lady who lives in a tiny village in the American Southwest. Popular with her neighbors, she lets the children use her flowers as trumpets and her leftover tortillas as rafts. Flor loves to read, too, and she can often be found reading aloud to the children.
One day, all the villagers hear a terrifying noise: it sounds like a huge animal bellowing just outside their village. Everyone is afraid, but not Flor. She wants to protect her beloved neighbors, so with the help of her animal friends, she sets off for the highest mesa to find the creature. Soon enough, though, the joke is on Flor and her friends, who come to rescue her, as she discovers the small secret behind that great big noise.
The creators of Tomás and the Library Lady, Pat Mora and Raul Colón, have once again joined together. This time they present a heartwarming and humorous original tall tale—peppered with Spanish words and phrases—about a giant lady with a great big heart.
About the Author
Award-winning author Pat Mora writes poetry, nonfiction, and children’s books. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Raul Colón has been awarded gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators for his picture-book art. He lives in New City, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I miss books like this. This book took me away to a fairy tale land where there's a giant lady that makes giant tortillas. Now who could ask for more than giant tortillas? The storyline was a fun one to read, one I think many children would enjoy. The pictures were very vibrant and very big. I also like how the author incorporated the Hispanic culture into the writings. There was some nice spanish words thrown in. I'd say it's a book everyone should read at least once.
I loved this picture book. Not only were the illustrations gorgeous and very unique, the author's writing style, plot, and tone filled me up with happiness and warmth. This picture book brought a smile to my face. Dona Flor is a giant lady who lives in a handmade pueblo. She can also speak every single language ever known, including the languages for animals (i.e. rattler). Dona Flor is so large because her mother sung to her as a child out of her love for her. Flor does the same thing now - she sings to her plants and animals out of love for them. She loves to read to the children outside of the library and make sure that all her animals and neighbors are always welcomed inside of her home. One day all of her neighbors and animals are scared after hearing a loud "roarr". Flor tries to find the huge gato that is making her friends scared. When she finally finds the gato she sees that it is actually a small cat 'roarring' into a large hollow tree trunk. Instead of getting angry she is happy and sleeps in the clouds with the cat sleeping on her big toe. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!! Pat Mora also mixes Spanish words into her sentences, and also makes sure that they words used are explained, either by directly telling you or through the context of the sentence. Her tone is very loving and full of warmth. Dona Flor is characterized by her unyielding love she has for everyone and everything, which is translated into her actions and tenderness and understanding. Not once does she get angry in the book, even after she finds the cat that is scaring her friends; once she sees he is small she laughs out of joy and invites her into her life.