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Gateways to the Sun Poetry Collection

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Puertas al sol Collección Poesía Spanish
$94.88, Including 20%-Off, Free Immediate Mailing, and No Sales Tax
8 Books : 8 Softcover Spanish Books : 4 Levels of Oversized Books, 3 Levels of Workbooks, and 1 Oversized Book

Pimpón, # 1, Softcover, Spanish, Oversized Book, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Felipe Davalos, Kindergarten and Up, 9781581054019, $17.95
Letras, # 1, Softcover, Spanish, Workbook, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Gloria Calderas and Felipe Ugalde, Kindergarten and Up, 9781581055900, $8.95
Antón Pirulero, # 2, Softcover, Spanish,
Oversized Book, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Julian Cicero, Gloria Calderas, and Blanca Dorantes, 1st Grade and Up, 9781581054033, $17.95
Palabras, # 2, Softcover, Spanish, Workbook, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Blanco Dorantes, 1st Grade and Up, 9781581054040, $8.95
Mambrú, # 3
, Softcover, Spanish,
Oversized Book, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Gloria Calderas, Enrique Martinez, Isaac Hernandez, Carmen Cardemil, 2nd Grade and Up, 9781581054057, $17.95
Rimas, # 3, Softcover, Spanish, Workbook, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Javier Fregoso and Manuel Alejandro Salgado, 2nd Grade and Up, 9781581054064, $8.95
Chuchurumbé, # 4, Softcover, Spanish,
Oversized Book, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Rapi Diego, Julian Cicero, and Alain Espinosa, 3rd Grade and Up, 9781581054071, $17.95
Gorrion Gorrion
, Softcover, Spanish,
Oversized Book, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Maribel Suarez, Preschool and Up, 9780153069390, $19.95

 

Gateways to the Sun Poetry English Collection
$70.19, Including 20%-Off, Free Immediate Mailing, and No Sales Tax
6 Books : 5 Softcover Spanish Books and 1 Softcover Bilingual Book : 4 Levels of Oversized Books, 3 Levels of Workbooks, and 1 Poetry Book

Dreaming Fish, # 1, Softcover, English, Oversized Book, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Felipe Davalos, Kindergarten and Up, 9781581055818, $17.95   Listen
Laughing Crocodiles, # 2, Softcover, English, Oversized Book, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Julian Cicero, Gloria Calderas, and Blanca Dorantes, 1st Grade and Up, 9781581055788, $17.95   Listen
Words, # 2, Softcover, English, Workbook, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Blanco Dorantes, 1st Grade and Up, 9781581055917, $8.95
Singing Horse, # 3, Softcover, English, Oversized Book, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Gloria Calderas, Enrique Martinez, Isaac Hernandez, Carmen Cardemil, 2nd Grade and Up, 9781581055795, $17.95   Listen
Flying Dragon, # 4, Softcover, English, Oversized Book, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Rapi Diego, Julian Cicero, and Alain Espinosa, 3rd Grade and Up, 9781581055801, $17.95   Listen
Gathering the Sun, Softcover, Bilingual, Book, Alma Flor Ada, Simon Silva, Rosa Zubizarreta, Kindergarten and Up, 9780688170677, $6.99   Watch   Listen   Listen

 

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Poetry in the classroom is not only a source of fun and pleasure.  Poems help develop phonemic awareness through the use of rhyme and alliteration, as well as providing an excellent inspiration for children's own writing.  In addition, poetry is a delightful source of cultural enrichment.  For all of these reasons and more, we know that these books will become a treasured addition to your personal collection of teaching materials.


Puertas al sol Poesia Collection, Gateways to the Sun Poetry, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversityPuertas al sol Poesia Collection, Gateways to the Sun Poetry, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversityPimpon / Letras
Dreaming Fish / Letters

Level 1 : A collection of old, new, and classical folkloric poems by some of the best authors from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Argentina.   Lesson Plan   Worksheet

 

 

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Laughing Crocodiles / Words

Level 2 : A wonderfully illustrated anthology that includes poems, rhymes, and songs written by marvelous Hispanic poets such as Isabel Freire de Matos, Humberto Ak'abal, Amado Nervo, and Ernesto Galarza.   Lesson Plan   Worksheet

 

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Puertas al sol Poesia Collection, Gateways to the Sun Poetry, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversityPuertas al sol Poesia Collection, Gateways to the Sun Poetry, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversityMambru / Rimas
Singing Horse / Rhymes

Level 3 : A wonderfully illustrated anthology that includes poems, rhymes, and songs written by marvelous Hispanic poets such as Isabel Freire de Matos, Humberto Ak'abal, Amado Nervo, and Ernesto Galarza.   Lesson Plan   Worksheet

 

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Puertas al sol Poesia Collection, Gateways to the Sun Poetry, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversityChuchurumbe
Flying Dragon

Level 4 : Poems by José Coronel Urtecho, José Emilio Gonzalez, María Elena Walsh, José Juan Tablada, José Martí, and Marina Romero are richly illustrated by artists Felipe Dávalos, Rapi Diego, among others.   Lesson Plan   Worksheet

 

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Puertas al sol Poesia Collection, Gateways to the Sun Poetry, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversityAbecedario de los animales

The Abecedario CD, with lyrics by Alma Flor Ada and music by Suni Paz, offers a song for each letter of the alphabet. The songs center on the letters, playfully exploring associated shapes as well as meaningful words which contain the sound represented by them. These charming songs can facilitate the development of phonemic awareness for children who are beginning to acquire literacy, as well as joyful recognition for those already literate.  For her musical creations, Suni Paz draws from her extensive knowledge of Latin American and Spanish musical tradition making this CD and all CDs in the series a powerful introduction to the Hispanic musical heritage.

A companion book to Coral y espuma abecedario del mar, this book offers two poems for each letter of the alphabet. One poem centers on the featured animal, while the other focuses on the letter itself, playfully exploring associated sounds and shapes and meaningful words. Teachers and children have delighted on this book which has become one of Alma Flor’s classics, with numerous reprints both in hardcover and paperback. Viví Escrivá whimsical illustrations contribute to make this book a favorite welcoming present for a new born child, a special birthday present or simply a book that belongs in the library of every child who speaks or is learning to speak Spanish.

The accompanying CD complements the book, facilitating children’s retention of the poems. Drawing on her broad knowledge of the Hispanic musical tradition, Suni Paz has turned each of the alphabet poems into a delightful song. The songs encompass a wide range of Latin American and Spanish rhythms, and provide an outstanding introduction to Latino children’s vast musical heritage. The tape also includes an original ABC song, a gift from Alma Flor and Suni to children and teachers.

Author’s Note : The ABC has always held great appeal for me. I love that it is such a wonderful tool for organizing things. I am a lover and collector of ABC books, so it is not a surprise that I have written a few.  This particular ABC was born out of my desire to do something special for a special child, Emilio, the son of Kuki Miller and Daniel Divinski, two wonderful Argentinian friends. Emilio was visiting San Francisco for the first time, and I had been looking forward meeting this child, but feel victim of the most vicious flu. It was frustrated to be in bed and not able to meet the child and take him and his mother to see the city. To try to give him something, I began creating poems about the letters and sharing them with him on the phone. This was the inspiration for the book.  At a different level this book is very important to me because it was the beginning of my professional association with someone I held in great esteem, Felicidad Orquín. A specialist in Children’s Literature, and a remarkable author, Felicidad was at the time the Director of the Children’s Literature Section of Espasa-Calpe in Madrid, and was the person who offered me a contract to publish this book. Since then we have become friends, but this book was out first contact. The book is the product of her vision who selected Viví as the illustrator and designed the parameters for the book design. The collaboration with Viví on the creation of the book, and with Suni Paz on the creation of the tape have been extraordinary joys in my life.  Even more exciting is the fact that many children have been inspired to write their own ABC poems after reading this book. That is the greatest of all rewards!  My great love for this book derives, of course, of the extraordinary response it has had from teachers and children. It has been wonderful to visit schools and see how children knew the poems by heart, and could recite or sang them. Once in the outstanding Author’s Fair of St. Helena’s Elementary School, in St. Helena, California, the children perform the book on stage, holding big signs with the letters and moving to a wonderful choreography. I also have many children made versions of the book. 

Publishers Weekly : Young readers will enjoy learning the alphabet as they associate the letters with the names of animals. Large, colorful illustrations and simple, clever text make this a fun and educational tool.

School Library Journal : A wonderful collection of verses about the letters of the alphabet, including imaginative descriptions of the letters and an introduction to their sounds. The text is enhanced by beautiful watercolor illustrations. 

Listen to a sample song from Abecedario de los animales' 29 songs by clicking on the highlighted CD title below. 

29-Song Abecedario de los Animales Music CD
La A
La B
La C
La Ch
La D
La E
La F
La G
La H
La I 
La J 
La K
La L
La LL
La M
La N
La ñ
La O
La P
La Q
La R
La S
La T
La U
La V   Listen
La W
La X
La Y
La Z
Abecedario completo en canción (The complete ABCs)


Puertas al sol Poesia Collection, Arrullos de la sirena, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversityArrullos de la sirena

What a magical moment the birth of a child!  A moment that is anticipated with joy, bringing about all dreams for the new being.  Arrullos de la sirena CD includes all 15 poems of the book of the same title, poems to the newborn child transformed into delightful musical compositions by Suni Paz and her son Ramiro Fauve and sang by Suni Paz.

In this heartwarming collection of rhyming verses, Alma Flor Ada captures the sheer joy felt upon the birth of child.  The musicality of the poems make them ideal for reading aloud.  Each one will evoke imagery for older children while being as soothing as a lullaby for younger ones.  El nacimiento de un niño es motivo de gran alegría; es un canto de la vida que se manifiesta en torno a este nuevo ser. Y ser abuelos es una doble bendición, que se repite cuando tenemos la serenidad para apreciarla con nuevos ojos

15-Song Arrullos de la sirena Music CD
La vida quiere cantar
Toda de azul
Ronda
Tu corola de pétalos
En las ramas de un pino
Cuando mi niña duerme
El pino le dice al rio
Caracol de nácar fino
Una hormiguita sola
Chiquita
Mientras cae la tarde
Los arrullos del viento
Entre el ayer y el mañana
Nanas de la luna nueva
Despertar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Puertas al sol Poesia Collection, Gateways to the Sun, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversityGathering the Sun 

Pura Belpre Award Honor Book in 1998 for Illustration
American Booksellers Association, Pick of the List
California Reader's Collection, Elementary List
Center for Latin American Studies, America´s Commended List
National Council of Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council, Notable Book in the Area of Social Studies
National Council of Teachers of English, Notable Book in the Area of Language Arts
Simon Weisenthal Center, Museum of Tolerance, Once Upon a World Award

Gathering the Sun Hardcover is available at 20%-Off for $14.39, including Free Immediate Mailing and No Sales Tax : Gathering the Sun, Hardcover, Bilingual, Book, Alma Flor Ada, Simon Silva, Rosa Zubizarreta, Preschool and Up, 9780688139032, $17.99

The author’s many years of work with migrant families inspired this poetic ABC of the fields, and Simón Silva’s magnificent illustrations have created a work of art to be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

The bilingual poems of Gathering the Sun are an homage to the farm workers lives and struggle.  Simón Silva, who knew intimately the life in the fields during his childhood and has drawn from the heritage of the great Mexican muralists provided strong and magnificent illustrations for the book that accompanies this CD.  Suni Paz unique voice and her masterful compositions have allowed the words in this book to transcend their birth as poems becoming unforgettable songs.  Suni has drawn from her extensive knowledge of Latin American folklore to create the inspirational music of these memorable songs, an irresistible invitation to listen, to enjoy, to sing along.

Author's Note : Some of the most heartening experiences of my life have been my work with Migrant Farm Working families. I have described the academic results of sharing high quality children’s books with Migrant parents and inviting them to create books with their children in Pájaro Valley, California in the book A Magical Encounter : Use of Latino Literature in the Classroom. I have described my work with farm working parents, and the learning I derived from it, in my memoirs, Vivir en dos idiomas.  The poems of Gathering the Sun were born out of these enriching experiences. Simón Silva, who knew intimately the life in the fields during his childhood and has drawn from the heritage of the great Mexican muralists provided strong and magnificent illustrations that have made this book the true homage to the farm workers lives and struggles that I dreamt to create.  It has given me unsurpassable joy to sign this book for golden anniversaries of grandparents and for birthday gifts, for quinceañeras, new born babies and babies yet to be born, realizing that in each case the book is a symbol of the strength, the resilience, the determination, the dignity and the profound love of family of those who work in the fields and whose labor allows us all to live.  Suni’s unique voice and her masterful compositions have allowed the words in this book to transcend their birth as poems becoming unforgettable songs. My gratitude to Suni and Simón, for allowing this homage to César Chávez and all campesinos to be as inspiring as his example and their lives.

Allison's Blog : Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English by Alma Flor Ada is a collection of simple poems for children. There is a different poem for each letter of the Spanish alphabet depicting the lives of Latin Americans in various aspects. The poems are written in both Spanish and English. They are each short in length and are different from one another. They are mostly about migrant workers and they speak of things such as work in the fields, fruits and vegetables, stars in the sky, love, and leisurely activities. There are young boys and girls, men and women seen in the illustrations that depict the main ideas of each of the different poems.  This book is both written and illustrated by insiders of the culture and is an excellent piece of authentic Latin American children's literature. The poems and pictures address migrant work realistically by depicting the physical labor and long hard hours without giving it a lack of admiration and respect. The poem titled "Thanks" is of a young girl giving thanks for all of the positive things she has in her life. The poem titled "Honor" is of a young boy speaking of the honorable work him and his family do in the fields. While the book portrays the migrant workers as having little on a material level, the poems titled "Thanks", "Pride", and "Honor" show that this did not affect their happiness. This is also reinforced through the illustrations where the characters are depicted with smiles on their faces, as content with their jobs, and as happy when they are together at the dinner table or sitting outside with their families. Another poem titled "Love" speaks of the strong bond and closeness between family members and extended family members. Pride of the Spanish language and Mexico are also themes in this piece of literature. These are all common values that are often held by members of this culture and therefore add to the books authenticity.

School Library Journal : PreSchool - Grade 5  An alphabet book with exceptional illustrations and excellent poetry that gives voice to the experience of Hispanic agricultural workers. Each letter is matched with a Spanish word (for example, "Arboles" for "A") and accompanied by a poem in both Spanish and English that describes how the plant, fruit, vegetable, person, or feeling functions in the lives of these workers. Zubizarreta's English translations are informed and graceful, but predictably cannot match the Spanish originals in rhythm, assonance, or meter. Silva's vibrant, double-page, gouache illustrations are reminiscent of the artwork of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. The colors are brilliant, and the scope has a certain larger-than-life sense to it. This is a book that begs to be read aloud to all students, whether they are Spanish speaking or not. The sound of the poems will draw them in. The touching elegy for Cesar Chavez successfully imparts the impact of a heroic man on his people. Whether used to show the plight of migrant workers or the pride Hispanic laborers feel in their heritage, this is an important book.

Booklist : Ages 5-8  Using the Spanish alphabet as a template, Ada has written 27 poems that celebrate both the bounty of the harvest and the Mexican heritage of the farmworkers and their families. The poems, presented in both Spanish and English, are short and simple bursts of flavor: "Árboles/Trees," "Betabel/Beet," "César Chávez," etc. Silva's sun-drenched gouache paintings are robust, with images sculpted in paint. Brimming with respect and pride, the book, with its mythic vision of the migrant farm worker, will add much to any unit on farming or Mexican American heritage.

Horn Book : "These brief poems honor the lives of migrant farmwokers and celebrate an alphabetic list of spanish words."

Amazon : In simple words and sun-drenched paintings, Alma Flor Ada and Simón Silva take us into the fields and orchards, and into the lives of the people who work them. Simple poems in Spanish and English, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet, describe the wonder of the vegetable and fruit farms. Together, the poems and the rich illustrations celebrate the glory of nature and the hearts of all who dedicate their lives to working the land.

Google : Moving in its simplicity and candor, this collection of poems tells the story of Hispanic migrant farm workers and their deep connections to the earth they till. Each gentle poem begins with a letter of the Spanish alphabet and appears in both Spanish and English. Vibrant gouache paintings wash each page in color from dawn to twilight in a work that celebrates a people, a language, and the land. The American Library Association has named Gathering the Sun a Pura Belpre Honor Book for its portrayal, affirmation, and celebration of the Latino cultural experience in literature.

Listen to a sample song from Gathering the Sun's 27 songs by clicking on the highlighted CD title below. 

27-Song Gathering the Sun Music CD
A : Árboles
B : Betabel
C/Ch : César Chávez
D : Duraznos
E/F : Estrellas o flores?
G : Gracias
H : Honor
I : Isla
J : Jardin
K : Kiosco de cerezas
L : Lechuga
Ll : Lluvia
M : México
N : Nopalera   Listen
N : Niña campesina
O : Orgullo
P : Pájaro
Q : Querer
R : Regar
S : Surco
T : Tomates
U : Uno
V : Violetas
W : Farmworkers
X : Xochitl
Y : Yucaán
Z : Zanahoria


Puertas al sol Poesia Collection, Gateways to the Sun Poetry, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversityGorrion gorrion

63 beautiful poems by 19 famous poets around the Spanish-speaking world.  Poetry by Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, Amado Nervo, Alvaro Yunque, Oscar de Leon Palacios, Edith Vera, A. L. Jauregui, Ernesto Galarza, Isabel Freire de Matos, Maria Hortensia Lacau, Alicia Fernandez Gill, Alicia Barreto de Corro, Marta Gimenez Pastor, Fernando Lujan, Carlos Murciano, Angela Figuera Aymerich, Yali, Cecilia Kamen, and Carmen Bravo-Villasante.

 

 


Puertas al sol Poesia Collection, Poesia eres tu, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversityPoesía eres tú

For decades, F. Isabel Campoy has been delighting us with her poetry in various publications. Here, we can enjoy all of it. An endless party! A lo largo de varias décadas F. Isabel Campoy nos ha ido deleitando con su poesía en diversas publicaciones. Aquí podremos disfrutar de toda ella. ¡Un festín sin fin!

A lo largo de varias décadas he ido recopilando la poesía que escribía para niños y por fin es un placer verla publicada en esta primera antología tan magníficamente ilustrada por Marcela Calderón. Para ayudar a los lectores la he agrupado por capítulos que he titulado: Familias (18 poemas) Lápiz, papel y amigos (17 poemas) Del cielo al mar (19 poemas) Animales grandes y pequeños (15 poemas) ¡Imagínate! (9 poemas) El mundo alrededor (12 poemas) Identidad y solidaridad (12 poemas) Poesía (5 poemas) Las palabras de Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer ¿Qué es poesía?, dices mientras clavas en mi pupila tu pupila azul. ¿Qué es poesía? ¿Y tú me lo preguntas? Poesía… eres tú. Reflejan mi deseo de que cada niño lector se sienta no sólo poeta, sino también parte de la poesía de la vida.

Lullabies, songs that invite to care for life, family, language and identity, as well as playful compositions comprise the 23 selections from the anthology Poesía eres tú by F. Isabel Campoy offered in this CD.  Suni Paz, with the assistance of Juan Cruz Fernández has made Poesía eres tú a jewel to enjoy daily. Songs for every moment, for every mood with Latin American rhythms with a modern twist.

23-Song Poesía eres tú CD : 

Un rayo de sol
La fiesta de disfraces
La nana de Ana
Pregón
Ya sé leer
Mi caballito
Los dedos de mis manos y mis pies
Chu Chu Chu
El gusanito Lucas
El reloj
Día de las madres
Un beso de papá
Abuelita
Mi abuelo
Familia
Cuida la vida
Alto muy alto
No te olvides no
Qué divertido es pensar
La maestra tampoco sabe
Qué miedo
Adelante
Aguí vivímos

 


Puertas al sol Poesia Collection, Todo es cancion, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversityTodo es canción

This delightful book gathers a selection of the most notable poems written by Alma Flor Ada Latina writer, teacher, and passionate advocate for bilingual and bicultural education in the US. Organized by curriculum themes, this anthology is a fundamental tool for teachers who rely on imagination, play, and creativity to expand concepts and to enrich students vocabulary. Some of the themes included in the anthology are the parts of the body, numbers, vowels, family, animals, the city and the countryside, food, nature, bilingualism, and much more.  Ada has edited a number of lovely books of traditional rhymes, but Todo es canción (Everything Is Song) gives her a chance to showcase her own poetry. The selections are organized by theme. “For Laughing and Playing” includes traditional rhymes, with tales of cats and mice and hens. “In School” includes counting rhymes, and “My Books” is a gift for librarians everywhere to share with children. There are selections that will encourage movement, and those that can be adapted as fingerplays. “Sun and Foam,” “Dreams and Fantasies,” and “The Power of Words” all contain thoughtful and powerful pieces. The whole is summed up in the final poem, in which Ada celebrates the song in everything around us, and ends by saying, essentially, “Because you have been born, life wants to sing.” This book is to Latino children what Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses is to English-speaking youngsters. It is not just a poetry anthology, but truly a lasting contribution to Latino literature that belongs in every library that serves young Spanish-speakers and their parents.  Todo es canción (Everything is Song) gathers some of the most recognized poems by Alma Flor Ada. The 142 pages, in a delightful format, have been illustrated by María Jesús Álvarez. In a 7 pages introduction ¿Qué es poesía? the author explains in clear prose the basic elements of Spanish poetry: Poesía en verso y prosa. El verso libre. La rima. La aliteración. El metro. Imágenes y metáforas. La visión poética are some of the themes explored.  The poems have been grouped by thematic interests: Mi cuerpo y yo [My Body and I], Con los que más quiero [With Those I Love], En la escuela [At School], Para reír y jugar [To Laugh and Play], Aires de la ciudad [City Airs], Somos amigos [We Are Friends], ¡Cuántas delicias! [How Many Delicious Treats], Vuelan y nadan, trepan y saltan [They Fly and Swim, Climb and Jump], Hojas, frutas y corolas [Leaves, Fruits and Petals], Sol y espuma [Sun and Foam], Sueños y fantasías [Dreams and Fanatsy], La fuerza de la palabra [Word Power].

CANCIÓN
Canta el agua en la roca,
el pájaro en la rama
y el poema en la página.

Author's Video Note

Author's Note : What a joy to see my poems collected this way! Poetry has been a very important part of my life. My grandmother, Dolores Salvador, instilled in me the love for poetry since I was very small. She would recite poems and invite me to recite with her. Some of her favorite has been written by my own grandfather, Medardo Lafuente Rubio, other’s by José Martí. She created her own music for some of Martí’s poems leaving with me the legacy of the particular enjoyment poetry, whether recited or sung, will always bring me. How I hope the children who have access to this book will enjoy the poems it contains and someday discover that they can also write their own poems.

School Library Journal : Ada has edited a number of lovely books of traditional rhymes, but Todo es canción (Everything Is Song) gives her a chance to showcase her own poetry. The selections are organized by theme. “For Laughing and Playing” includes traditional rhymes, with tales of cats and mice and hens. “In School” includes counting rhymes, and “My Books” is a gift for librarians everywhere to share with children. There are selections that will encourage movement, and those that can be adapted as fingerplays. “Sun and Foam,” “Dreams and Fantasies,” and “The Power of Words” all contain thoughtful and powerful pieces. The whole is summed up in the final poem, in which Ada celebrates the song in everything around us, and ends by saying, essentially, “Because you have been born, life wants to sing.” This book is to Latino children what Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses is to English-speaking youngsters. It is not just a poetry anthology, but truly a lasting contribution to Latino literature that belongs in every library that serves young Spanish-speakers and their parents. –Tim Wadham

26-Song Todo es canción CD
Mi amiga la sombra
Estrellita
Más que el oro
A de amigos
La i minúscula
La O es redonda
Salta la U
Canción del abecedario
El ratón Boton
La ratita Roequeso
Clotilde
La gallina Picotina
La lluvia
Canción de todos los niños
Ranita
Cricri
Ocho chivitos
Mañana de primavera
Sol
Ballenato
El pulpo
Caracol
Querer
Oficios
Lo que vamos a ser
Como una flor


Puertas al sol Poesia Collection, Gateways to the Sun Poetry, Rey Del Sol, Del Sol Books, Del Sol UniversityVerde limon

37 beautiful poems by 20 famous poets around the Spanish-speaking world.  Poetry by Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, Maria Elena Walsh, Dora Alonso, Rivera Otero, Carlos Luis Saenz, Juana de Ibarbourou, Gloria Fuertes, Jose Sebastian Tallon, Isabel Freire de Matos, Dora Alonso, Antonio Ramirez Granados, Fryda Schultz de Mantovani, Jose Antonio Davila, Ester Feliciano Mendoza, Maria Hortensia Lacau, Alicia Barreto de Corro, Maria Elena Calderon, Concha Tormes Araque, and Fernando Lujan.

 

 


These pages offer a complete theoretical guide to poetry, as well as a great variety of examples to read, explore, and enjoy poetry, and to write different types of poems with students of all ages. Poetry is an enduring gift that we can give children and young people. Through poetry, they effortlessly enrich their vocabulary and mastery of language; additionally, they acquire a better understanding of who they are and a capability for thoughtful reflection that will serve them in all aspects of learning. This book has been written with a deep recognition of the work that teachers do: work that we have been fortunate to witness throughout many years. Its purpose is to help you to share poetry with your students, to guide them in its analysis and enjoyment, and to encourage them to discover that they, too, can be poets.

Está linda la mar: Para entender la poesía y usarla en el aula(How Beautiful Is the Sea: Understanding and Using Poetry in the Classroom)ISBN: 9781631132735220pp - PB - $49.95


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