Poemas familiares para cada día de la semana / Family Poems for Every Day of the Week

By: Francisco X. Alarcón

Illustrator: Maya Christina Gonzalez

This bilingual collection of poetry celebrates the days of the week and everyday childhood experiences.

ISBN: 9780892392759

JLG Release: Feb 2018


Language: Bilingual

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

This bilingual collection of poems captures the everyday rhythms of family life, which will resonate with many young readers. The poems vary in complexity and style and could serve as reliable examples for classroom poetry exercises. Gonzalez’s vivid, culturally relevant illustrations define the mood of each poem, switching between a cool pal This bilingual collection of poems captures the everyday rhythms of family life, which will resonate with many young readers. The poems vary in complexity and style and could serve as reliable examples for classroom poetry exercises. Gonzalez’s vivid, culturally relevant illustrations define the mood of each poem, switching between a cool palate (pale blues for Monday daydreaming) and a warm palate (neon pinks and oranges for playful Saturday). Overall, the language and rhythm work a little better in Spanish while the English text is a relatively literal translation that lacks some of the music of the original. However, even the English poems are pretty strong and will work well for Spanish and bilingual readers. VERDICT Recommended for wide purchase as a warm introduction to poetry and either a mirror of or a window into Latino family life.—Gesse Stark-Smith, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Horn Book

Alarcón uses simple verse (printed in both Spanish and English) to explain the origins of the days of the week while celebrating Latino family traditions. His poetry is richly descriptive: “the shut oysters / of my sleepy eyes”; “running after balls / our joyful doggie is like / a swift bowling ball.” The young narrator Alarcón uses simple verse (printed in both Spanish and English) to explain the origins of the days of the week while celebrating Latino family traditions. His poetry is richly descriptive: “the shut oysters / of my sleepy eyes”; “running after balls / our joyful doggie is like / a swift bowling ball.” The young narrator savors Sunday (“the first day / of the week / is dedicated to the Sun”) as a day spent playing with cousins and Saturday as a day of freedom, whether it’s playing soccer in the park or helping his sister make a kite (“even the blue of the sky / seems a lot bluer / on Saturday”). Mondays at first make him feel like “a wild porcupine in real bad humor” because he has to go back to school, until, after talking and laughing with classmates, he’s happy to be there. The love this young narrator has for his family shines brightly: Tuesdays are reserved as the day to remember his grandmother whispering words of comfort; family dinners at a local restaurant happen on Thursdays; and Friday afternoons are spent with his brothers. Gonzalez’s full-bleed double-page-spread illustrations, in watercolor, gouache, and acrylic marker, richly complement the text. Her art pays tribute to Mexico’s indigenous crafts, while her use of circles on each page shows that everything in life is a continuous cycle. An illustrator’s note reveals that Alarcón died in 2016 but adds that his unique way of portraying the Latino experience through poetry will live on. An author’s note introduces the poems and reference sources are appended. alma ramos-mcdermott

Book Details

ISBN

9780892392759

First Release

February 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

811/.54

Trim Size

8 3/4" x 11"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

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Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Children’s Book

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