The Taco Magician and Other Poems for Kids

The Taco Magician and Other Poems for Kids

Book - 2019
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"Cuando nuestro papá cocina, / los tacos son un truco de magia", escribe Diane Gonzales Bertrand en el poema titular de esta colección. "Como una barita mágica, / hace círculos en el aire, / Como una capa mágica, envuelve una tortilla / alrededor de nuestros deseos". Estos versos sobre eventos sentimientos cotidianos revelan la magia de la poesía.
Gonzales Bertrand writes about everyday occurrences and feelings that children will recognize. In Blankie, a blanket sewn before the girl's birth kept her safe and warm for years. She can't take it to school now, but at home she still wraps it around herself, even though it won't / cover my toes and my shoulders at the same time. There's also an ode to chanclas, or flip-flops, Narrow rubber soles / protect my bare feet / from hot sidewalks. They even clap for her when she walks! The importance of family shines through in pieces such as My Little Sister, Fishing with My Uncle Charlie, Abuelita's Kitchen Table and Tía Maria's Love. In The Sailor of Woodlawn Lake, she remembers her brother's determination to create boats that would stay afloat. I would love to say / he finally sailed across Woodlawn Lake, / but each raft slowly sank, / a few at the shore, one or two in the middle. The poems in this collection will encourage children ages 8-12 to consider writing odes to the important people and places in their own lives.
Publisher: Houston, Texas : Piñata Books, an imprint of Arte Público Press, 2019
ISBN: 9781558858916
1558858911
Characteristics: ix, 44 viii, 49 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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