Bilingual English/Spanish. From the Bellybutton of the Moon is renowned poet Francisco X. Alarcón's collection of 22 poems inspired by his touching recollections of childhood summers in Mexico.
|Publisher:||Lee & Low Books, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish|
|Product dimensions:||8.04(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.13(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 11 Years|
About the Author
FRANCISCO X. ALARCÓN was a renowned poet and educator and a three-time winner of a
Pura Belpré Author Award Honor for his bilingual Cycle of the Seasons series of poetry for children. His many other honors include the American Book Award, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, the Chicano Literary Prize, and finalist for state poet laureate of California. Alarcón was also the author of several poetry collections for adults and textbooks for teaching Spanish. He passed away in January 2016.
MAYA CHRISTINA GONZALEZ is an acclaimed fine artist, educator, and illustrator of children's books, and collaborator with Alarcón on most of his children’s poetry books. Gonzalez’s numerous books featuring Latino characters have received recognition from the Pura Belpré Award, Américas Award, Notable Books for a Global Society, International Latino Books Awards, and more. Shelives in San Francisco, California, with her two daughters and her husband.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.