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13 Books and 1 Music CD : 12 Softcover Spanish Books and 1 Softcover Bilingual Book : 4 Levels of Oversized Books, 3 Levels of Workbooks, 1 Big Book, and 5 Poetry Books
# 1, Softcover, Spanish,
Oversized Book, Alma Flor Ada and F.
Felipe Davalos, Kindergarten and Up, 9781581054019,
Letras, # 1, Softcover, Spanish, Workbook, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Gloria Calderas and Felipe Ugalde, Kindergarten and Up, 9781581055900, $8.95
Anton 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
Mambru, # 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
Chuchurumbe, # 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
Abecedario de los animales, Softcover, Spanish, Big Book, Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva, Preschool and Up, 9780075765295, $25.00
Abecedario de los animales, Spanish, Music CD, Suni Paz, Preschool and Up, $12.50 Listen
Dulce es la sal, Softcover, Spanish, Book, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Alicia Canas, Kindergarten and Up, 9780153069710, $19.95
Gathering the Sun, Softcover, Bilingual, Book, Alma Flor Ada, Simon Silva, Rosa Zubizarreta, Preschool and Up, 9780688170677, $6.99 Watch Listen Listen
Gorrion Gorrion, Softcover, Spanish, Oversized Book, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Maribel Suarez, Preschool and Up, 9780153069390, $19.95
Todo es cancion, Softcover, Spanish, Book, Alma Flor Ada, 3rd Grade and Up, 9781616051730, $13.95
Verde limon, Softcover, Spanish, Book, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Vivi Escriva, Kindergarten and Up, 9780153069437, $19.95
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8 Books : 7 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.
Felipe Davalos, Kindergarten and Up, 9781581055818,
Letters, # 1, Softcover, English, Workbook, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Gloria Calderas and Felipe Ugalde, Kindergarten and Up, 9781581055900, $8.95
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
Rhymes, # 3, Softcover, English, Workbook, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, Javier Fregoso and Manuel Alejandro Salgado, 2nd Grade and Up, 9781581055924, $8.95
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.
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
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
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
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
Abecedario de los animales
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 CD
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Abecedario completo en canción (The complete ABCs)
Dulce es la sal
31 beautiful poems by 24 famous poets around the Spanish-speaking world. Poetry by Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, Celia Vinas Olivella, Morita Carrillo, Fryda Schultz de Mantovani, Rodolfo Dada, Jose Marti, Amado Nervo, Marina Romero, Maria Elena Walsh, Horacio Guillen, Floria Jimenez, Maria de la Luz Uribe, Tomas Allende, Jose Sebastian Tallon, Gabriela Mistral, Ernesto Galarza, Isabel Freire de Matos, Maria Hortensia Lacau, Carlos Murciano, David Cherician, Ester Feliciano Mendoza, Emilio Teixidor, and Tomas Calleja Guijarro.
Gathering 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
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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.
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.
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.
Todo es cancion
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.
Author's Video Note
K-Gr 4–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.
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.
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