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  1. 1. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews. Subject Collection: Bilingual Biography Books 1st-6; 2nd-7; 3rd-8; 4th-9; 5th-10Medina, Tony. (2009). I and I: Bob Marley. New York: Lee and Low.ISBN: 9781600602573Price: $19.95Grades 9-12Reviews: Booklist (February 1, 2010); School Library Journal (December 1, 2006)The biography of Jamaican born Bob Marley is told through poetry. This reggae singer promotedpeace, music and Rastafarian beliefs. The verse and color saturated paintings are evocative ofMarleys music and country. Details, dates and background information are included in extensivenotes.Ancona, George. (2004). My house = Mi casa. New York : Childrens Press.ISBN: 9780516250656Price: $20.00Grades: K-5Reviews: School Library Journal (May 1, 2005); Library Media Connection (April 1, 2005)George Ancona has a historian’s sensibility with a storyteller’s heart, both of which are evidentin Mi casa/My house. Araceli Rodriguez and her family moved from Mexico and now live on a cattle ranch inOregon where they raise calves, sheep, goats and corn. She has three sisters and one brother. They all have choressuch as feeding their animals and sweeping the floors. Their lives are not perfect--one sister is deaf and another washurt in a car accident. Even so, they attend church together and work hard to support their familybusiness. Mi casa/My house is another fascinating story from the “Somos Latinos” series. A Rodriguez familyhistory, a map marking the locations of Spanish-speaking countries, and a general, world history of Latinosinvolved in cattle ranching help to provide the reader with a broad historical framework to Araceli’s life. The text isin both Spanish and English, with the Spanish text first.Benatar, Raquel. (2003). Isabel Allende : Memories for a story = Recuerdos para un cuento.Houston, Tex.: Arte Publico Press.ISBN-13: 9781558853799Price: $14.95Grades: K-4Reviews: Childrens Literature (May 1, 2003); Kirkus Reviews (April 15, 2004)A simple description of the childhood and youth of the Chilean author Isabel Allende.Brown, Monica. (2004). My name is Celia : the life of Celia Cruz = Me Llamo Celia: la vida deCelia Cruz. Flagstaff, Ariz.: Rising Moon.ISBN: 9780873588720Price: $15.95Grades: K-3Reviews: Multicultural Review (December 1, 2005); School Library Journal (January 1, 2005)
  2. 2. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.This bilingual book allows young readers to enter Celia Cruzs life as she becomes a well-known singer in herhomeland of Cuba, then moves to New York City and Miami where she and others create a new type of music calledsalsa. Presents the life of popular salsa singer, Celia Cruz, an Afro-Cuban woman whose career brought herthrough Mexico to the United States.Brown, Monica. (2007). My Name Is Gabito : The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez = MeLlamo Gabito : la Vida de Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Flagstaff, Ariz. : Luna Rising.ISBN: 9780873589086Price: $15.95Grades: K-3Reviews: Horn Book (April 1, 2008); School Library Journal starred (March 1, 2008)Award-winning author Monica Brown presents My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, abilingual English/Spanish picturebook about the brilliant and imaginative writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez.Following "Gabito" from childhood to adulthood, and his evolution from a dreaming boy to a great storyteller readby millions, My Name is Gabito offers vibrant color illustrations by Raul Colon, featuring a visual texture to thecolor distantly reminiscent of the swirls of a fingerprint. A wonderful multiculturalpicturebook, My Name is Gabito features modestly involved text and is ideal for young readers who are just aboutready to enjoy chapter books. The flawless Spanish text alongside the English will also appeal to Spanish-languagestudents of all ages seeking to hone their skills and fluency.Brown, Pam; Schloredt, Valerie. (2004). Martin Luther King : civil rights pioneer = pionero delos derechos civiles. [San Diego] : Blackbirch Press.ISBN: 9781410305060Price: $27.45Grades: 4-5Reviews: Booklist (February 15, 2004); The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (April 1, 2005)This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) biography of Martin Luther King, a minister who advocated and practicednon-violent civil disobedience to protest prejudice, segregation, and discrimination based on color in the UnitedStates. When Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat in 1955, King along with the others in the Montgomeryblack community organized a bus boycott that launched King into a leadership role in the civil rights movement.This book chronicles the civil rights movement from its beginning with the Montgomery bus boycott, the “FreedomRides” during the summer of 1961, the conflicts and church bombings in Birmingham, the 1963 March onWashington where King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech, and King being honored with the 1964 NobelPeace Prize. The book ends with King’s assassination on April 4, 1968. On the last day of hislife, Martin Luther King had talked of change with peace and nonviolence. At the end of the book is a time line ofKing’s life, a glossary of important terms used in the book, and an index.Feinstein, Stephen. (2006). Read about Abraham Lincoln = Lee sobre Abraham Lincoln.Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers.ISBN-13: 9780766026742Price: $21.26Grades: 1-5Reviews: School Library Journal (June 1, 2006); Multicultural Review (June 1, 2006)
  3. 3. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews. These books are clearly organized, presenting one short chapter for each main area of thesubjects life-usually about four pages long. One or two paragraphs of large-type text and acaption face a full-page, full-color photo, illustration, or reproduction. The sentences are to thepoint and fairly clinical. Lincoln is the better of the two titles. Basic facts are related for childrenbeginning to show an interest in biographies, or for those doing simple reports. However, itsunfortunate that the "important paper that freed the slaves" is not named, nor is its descriptionaccurate. In the second book, the author sometimes attributes thoughts and feelings to hissubject.Each of the eye-catching volumes includes color photos, atime line, a map, Internet addresses for further research, aglossary, and an indexFeinstein, Stephen. (2006). Read about Cesar Chavez = Lee sobre Cesar Chavez. BerkeleyHeights, NJ : Enslow Publishers.ISBN-13: 9780766027442Price: $21.26Grades: 1-5Reviews: School Library Journal (June 1, 2006); Multicultural Review (June 1, 2006)Chavezs experienceas a migrant farmworker after his family lost their land, andKings experience of not being able to sit with his whitefriends on the bus or in the movie theater, guided both tostruggle for justice.Each of the eye-catching volumes includes color photos, atime line, a map, Internet addresses for further research, aglossary, and an index These books are attractive but lack substantive information or any mention of the subjectsawards or honors. This seems to be an especially noticeable omission when Feinstein neglects tomention Dr. Kings Nobel Peace Prize, and the text jumps from 1963 to 1968 on one page. Full-page photographs or reproductions face each page of text and add to the information. Theglossaries, in the form of "Words to Know," are on the verso of the title page, a switch from theusual placement, where it is more helpful to readers. Kathleen Krulls Harvesting Hope: TheStory of Cesar Chavez (Harcourt, 2003) and Doreen Rappaports Martins Big Words (Hyperion,2001) capture the spiritual essence of these great Americans.Feinstein, Stephen. (2006). Read about Geronimo = Lee sobre Geronimo. Berkeley Heights, NJ :Enslow Publishers.ISBN-13: 9780766025981Price: $21.26Grades: 1-5Reviews: School Library Journal (June 1, 2006); Multicultural Review (June 1, 2006)Geronimos happy childhood -- A terrible day -- Geronimo fights the Mexican army -- TheApache lose their lands. Ceronimo returned to camp and. discoveredthat his mother, wife, and
  4. 4. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.children had been killed.Distraught and angry, he led an attack against the Mexicansoldiers responsible and defeated them.Each of the eye-catching volumes includes color photos, atime line, a map, Internet addresses for further research, aglossary, and an indexFeinstein, Stephen. (2006). Read about Martin Luther King, Jr = Lee sobre Martin Luther King,Jr. Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers.ISBN: 0766027457Price: $21.26Grades: 1-5Reviews: Criticas (June 1, 2006); School Library Journal (June 1, 2006)Presents the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from his birth, through his education and the early days of the civilrights movement, until his death in 1968. Presents an examination of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., discussinghis childhood and early life in the South, his career as a minister, and his leadership during the civil rightsmovement. Presented in English and Spanish.Each of the eye-catching volumes includes color photos, atime line, a map, Internet addresses for further research, aglossary, and an indexFeinstein, Stephen. (2006). Read about Sacagawea = Lee sobre Sacagawea . Berkeley Heights,NJ : Enslow Publishers.ISBN-13: 9780766026742Price: $21.26Grades: 1-5Reviews: School Library Journal (June 1, 2006); School Library Journal (September 1, 2004) These books are clearly organized, presenting one short chapter for each main area of thesubjects life-usually about four pages long. One or two paragraphs of large-type text and acaption face a full-page, full-color photo, illustration, or reproduction. The sentences are to thepoint and fairly clinical. Lincoln is the better of the two titles. Basic facts are related for childrenbeginning to show an interest in biographies, or for those doing simple reports. However, itsunfortunate that the "important paper that freed the slaves" is not named, nor is its descriptionaccurate. In the second book, the author sometimes attributes thoughts and feelings to hissubject. For example, after stating that Sacagaweas name means "Bird Woman," the text reads,"Sacagawea wished that she could fly like a bird. Then she would be able to fly home." Nosources are listed to lend accuracy to these thoughts. Another point where a proper bibliographywould be helpful is when the author asserts that Sacagawea was abducted by the Minnetareetribe. Most sources use the name Hidatsa. The books greatest flaw, however, is that it essentiallydescribes Sacagawea as nothing more than a translating maid for the Lewis and Clarkexpedition. Other books for this reading level detail her skill as an ambassador, guide, navigator,and occasional healer in addition to being a translating diplomat between the expeditionmembers and the tribes encountered. In both books, the illustrative material is handsome andappropriately selected.Each of the eye-catching volumes includes color photos, a
  5. 5. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.time line, a map, Internet addresses for further research, aglossary, and an indexFeinstein, Stephen. (2006). Read about Tiger Woods = Lee sobre Tiger Woods. Berkeley Heights,NJ : Enslow Publishers.ISBN-13: 9780766027435Price: $21.26Grades: 1-5Reviews: School Library Journal (June 1, 2006);A short biography written in both English and Spanish about championship golfer, Tiger Woods.And in the TigerWoods biography, Feinstein recounts how the 11-month-oldclimbed out of his high chair to play with his toy golf club.Young readers are exposed to the challenges these greatAmericans faced and how those challenges shaped their livesEach of the eye-catching volumes includes color photos, atime line, a map, Internet addresses for further research, aglossary, and an indexGriswold del Castillo, Richard. (2002). César Chávez : the struggle for justice = la lucha por lajusticia. Houston, Tex: Piñata Books.ISBN: 9781558853249Price: $14.95Grades: 1-3Reviews: Booklist (December 15, 2002); Childrens Literature (May 1, 2002)A simple biography of the man who worked to win fairer treatment of the migrant farm workers in California in the1960s and to establish the United Farm Workers union. César Chávez was a great organizer and believer in thecause for fair wages and treatment for poor farm workers. He worked to help improve their lives. He organized thefirst union among them and fought against the discrimination they suffered. He promoted non-violent protests andwas the first to call for a boycott against buying table grapes. The boycott was joined by millions of consumers.Eventually an agreement was signed between the growers and the workers. He argued for legislation that protectedfarm workers from violence and discrimination. Eventually this legislation was passed and was a model to otherstates and the federal government. Griswold has an historic tale to tell to many children who have not been exposedto the plight of the farm worker. However, the disjointed narrative Griswold writes leads to confusion about events.The story about the strike could have been told simply without reliance on many dates and still have relayed thefacts. César has had a lasting influence on American labor and has a story worth telling.Griswold del Castillo, Richard. (2010). César Chávez : The Struggle for Justice (La luncha por lajusticia). CD. 25:09 min. with paperback book. Live Oak Media.ISBN: 9781430108344Price: $18.95Grades: 1-3Multimedia Reviews: School Library Journal (November 1, 2010);childrens audio book, with accompanying print book. César Chávez and his fight for the rights of Hispanic
  6. 6. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.agricultural workers is an inspirational story about unity, justice, and perseverance. Richard Griswold del Castillosbilingual picture-book biography (Pinata Books, 2002) briefly examines the life of this Mexican-American leader,including his first encounters with racism and his activism as an adult, with an emphasis on the use of nonviolentmethods to achieve his aims of organizing the United Farm Workers. Winner of a Carter G. Woodson Book Award,the text is provided in both Spanish and English with crisp, colorful illustrations by Anthony Accardo. The CD hasthree tracks--Spanish/English narration with page-turn signals, English narration (no page-turn signals), andSpanish narration (no page-turn signals). Brian Armador reads the compelling text clearly and with power. Originalmusic with a Latin flavor accompanies the production. This would make an excellent listening center and providesimportant insights into Hispanic civil rights.Kirkpatrick, Rob. (2002). Jeff Gordon: NASCAR champion = campeón de NASCAR. NewYork: PowerKids Press & Buenas Letras.ISBN: 9780823961474Price: $22.60Grades: 3-4Reviews: Library Talk (April 1, 2001); ()Introduces Jeff Gordon, the NASCAR driver who won the Daytona 500 in 1999. Jeff Gordon is one of the winningestdrivers on the NASCAR circuit today, and one of the most recognizable sports personalities in America. He is thewinner of countless championships, including four Winston Cups, a record equaled only by racing legends RichardPetty and Dale Earnhardt. Originally from Vallejo, California, he now lives in New York, Florida, North Carolina,and at racetracks around the country.Marks, Jennifer. (2010). President Barack Obama = Presidente Barack Obama. Mankato, MN :Capstone Press.ISBN: 9781429645942Price: $21.32Grades: K-3Reviews: Childrens Literature (February 1, 2011); Library Media Connection (October 1, 2010)Early readers will enjoy this book. The font is big, the text simple and there are only one or two sentences on eachpage. In addition, each page also has a photograph related to the content. There are a total of 353 words in thebook, making it easy reading for a beginning reader. The book includes a timeline that covers the events of BarackObamas’s life. It begins with his childhood, and continues through his early education, college activities, electioncampaign and up to his election as the forty-fourth president of the United States. The end of the book includes afact page about Barack Obama and a president page, which lists all forty-four American presidents alongside theirterms of office.Rivera-Marín, Guadalupe. (2009) My papá Diego and me : memories of my father and his art =Mi papá Diego y yo : recuerdos de mi padre y su arte. San Francisco, Calif.: Childrens BookPress.ISBN: 9780892392216Price: $17.95Grades: 1-5Reviews: School Library Journal (October 1, 2009); Kirkus Reviews (November 15, 2009)Daughter of artist Diego Rivera, Guadalupe Rivera Marín uses her father’s paintings as the springboard forproviding glimpses of her childhood and information about her father’s life and the culture of Mexico. Thirteen ofRivera’s paintings are discussed by Rivera Marín in a warm, inviting bilingual (English/Spanish) narrative. About“Women Combing Their Hair,” she writes, “In this picture, a mother is braiding her daughter’s hair… Back then…
  7. 7. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.it wasn’t just uncommon to wear your hair long and loose. It was scandalous!” Writing about “Orange,” in whichshe is the subject, she says, “When my father was painting this picture, he gave me an orange to help keep me still…He got really annoyed with me because I ate the orange before he finished the painting!” A handful of smallphotographs accompany the introduction and endnotes of this lively volume.Guadalupe Rivera Marín, the daughter of acclaimed Mexican artist Diego Rivera, reveals a little-known side of herfather through some of his most evocative work. "The book is not so much about Diego Rivera as it is about thetheme of childhood in his work and Guadalupes reminiscences," says Dana Goldberg, executive editor at ChildrensBook Press. "She has led a very interesting life even apart from her relationship with her father, but she has so manymemories tied up in these paintings. They were done when she was very young, but she still has strong memories ofmodeling for him." Rivera Marín selected paintings that best represented her fathers portrayals of children andchildhood, including many portraits of herself and her sister, to accompany her touching, personalrecollections. Her prose is offered in a bilingual edition that her publishers hope has broad appeal. "It was aprivilege to hear her," says Goldberg."Shes so warm and has the most amazing sense of humor. Our books alwaystake a lot of work and care, but this was an effort on a whole new level for us.Tafolla, Carmen; Teneyuca, Sharyll. (2008). Thats not fair! : Emma Tenayucas struggle forjustice = No es justo! : la lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la justicia. San Antonio, Tex. : WingsPress.ISBN: 9780916727338Price: $17.95Grades: 3-5Reviews: Booklist (July 1, 2008); School Library Journal (March 1, 2009)Before there was Cesar Chávez, there was Emma Tenayuca. This bilingual (Spanish/English) biography about littleknown Emma Tenayuca’s struggle on behalf of Texas pecan shellers who were some of the lowest paid laborers inthe nation is well told by Emma’s niece Ms. Teneyuca and Dr. Tafolla. As is always the case involving unjust causes,the poor peasants were oppressed Mexican Americans. Most of them were Texans of several generations, unlike themany members of the current immigration problem who are mainly illegal residents. In the 1920s and 1930s thesepecan shellers worked in deplorable circumstances: twelve hour days, seven days a week, for as little as six centsper pound of pecans shelled. Furthermore, most of these workers were women. They breathed the pecan dust whenworking in closed quarters which made them sick. In 1938 their wages were cut in half and that was when theyfound in Ms. Tenayuca a champion for their cause. Emma cared enough to organize a strike and eventually thesalaries were raised. Emma became a voice of hope. The illustrations by muralist Ybáñez have a decidedly Tex-Mexfeel. Every page is framed by a tree and branches making for very attractive double spreads. This biography isperfect for use in the school curriculum. This is also recommended for public libraries. It is nice to have otherbiographies of social reformers besides the well known ones on Cesar Chávez.Winter, Jonah. (1991). Diego. New York: Random House.ISBN-13: 978-0679856177Price: $12.99Grades: K-4Reviews: Book Links (January 1, 2006); School Library Journal (January 1, 1992)This story of Diego Rivera, the greatest muralist of Mexico--and of the world--is told in Spanish and English.Vibrant miniature paintings convey the sense of adventure and magic that marked Riveras early years. And thestory shows how his passion for painting and love for his country combined to make a powerful art celebrating theMexican people. Discusses the childhood of Diego Rivera and how it influenced his art.Winter, Jonah. (2009). Sonia Sotomayor : a judge grows in the Bronx = la juex que creció en elBronx. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  8. 8. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.ISBN: 9781442403031Price: $16.99Grades: K-3Reviews: School Library Journal (January 1, 2010); Publishers Weekly (November 1, 2009)Born and raised in a poor neighborhood of the South Bronx, Sotomayor has just become the first Latina SupremeCourt justice, and this timely, accessible picture-book biography, which features both English and Spanish text onevery page, brings Sotomayor’s exciting rags-to-riches story to young readers. The exclamatory tone is sometimestoo much (“Oh, how Sonia’s mother loved her!”). But Winter lets the small details convey the drama, which isamplified in the mixed-media illustrations in warm shades of red and brown. Growing up with her loving, single-parent mom in a family that surrounded Sonia “like a warm blanket,” Sotomayor was a big reader as a child andwanted to be Nancy Drew. After being diagnosed with diabetes, she had to learn to accept her physical limits, butshe graduated at the top of her high-school class and then at the top of her Princeton class. She felt different fromher privileged classmates, and kids of all backgrounds will recognize the universal emotions and experiences oftrying to fit in. A long author’s note fills in more biographical detail.Weintraub, Aileen. (2006). Read about George Washington = Lee sobre George Washington.Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers.ISBN: 9780766026735Price: $21.26Grades: 1-5Reviews: Children’s Literature (February 1, 2006); School Library Journal (June 1, 2006)As the first President of the United States of America, George Washington holds an important place in history. Thereader is taken briefly through Washingtons life as he grows up on a farm in Verginia, serves in two wars, andbecomes President of a new nation. The book ends by discussing how we remember George Washington now, oneway being the Washington Monument. This entire book is bilingual, with English words written on the top of thepage and Spanish on the bottom. It is part of the "I Like Biographies! Bilingual!" series. Each page of words isfollowed by a page with a piece of artwork and a description under it, first in English, then Spanish. Almost all ofthis artwork comes from the Library of Congress. This book has an obvious connection to history, but would workvery well in integrating art to history. The readers are exposed to different works of art, but they are placed in asimple and understandable context for younger students to benefit from. The book was originally written in 2004 inEnglish, but this is the first edition of the bilingualEach of the eye-catching volumes includes color photos, atime line, a map, Internet addresses for further research, aglossary, and an index371.87----------------------------------------------Ancona, George. (2004). My neighborhood = Mi barrio. New York : Childrens Press.ISBN: 9780516236896Price: $20.00Grades: K-3Reviews: School Library Journal (May 1, 2005); Library Media Connection (April 1, 2005)Presents a study of barrios written in both English and Spanish that follows Marc as he discusses his heritage, theneighborhood in Brooklyn where he lives, his sister and their friends, and some of the things they do after school.In MI BARRIO=MY NEIGHBORHOOD Marc Anthony tells his story about life in the Bushwick neighborhood ofBrooklyn. His parents emigrated from Puerto Rico. The feature for this story is about murals and the part art plays in
  9. 9. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.the community. The story also highlights the market place and foods. This series would be very useful in a bilingualor ESL classroom since both English and Spanish text are used. The books also give the children an opportunity tosee other children like themselves and to learn more about their own culture. But their use should not be limited tobilingual and ESL classrooms. It is important that regular classrooms have bilingual books and books depictingcultures of all the students.Ancona, George. (2004). My family = Mi familia. New York : Childrens Press.ISBN-13: 9780516236872Price: $20.00Grades: K-3Reviews: School Library Journal (May 1, 2005); Library Media Connection (April 1, 2005)Camila, a young girl, describes her life in Miami with her Cuban mother and Puerto Rican father, and introduces themembers of her extended family who have come to her home for her little brothers birthday party. Presented inEnglish and Spanish.families that have immigrated to the United States from a Latin American country. The children in the family telltheir stories in first person. The text is presented in both Spanish and English. In the back of each book is a briefhistory of the family told by the parent(s), a map showing the journey from the home country to the US, a dictionaryof Spanish/English words used in the story, a special feature that related to the story, and author information andphotos. In MI FAMILIO=MY FAMILY, the readers share her brother’s birthday. All the members of the family comeover--aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. You can tell the family is large by the two birthday cakes in thepicture. There is a photo of all the family together. They also get together on Sundays. Everyone loves music, and allplay a musical instrument during their Sunday afternoon get-togethers. Camila’s mother is from Cuba and her fatherfrom Puerto Rico.Gonzales Bertrand, Diane. (2007). Ricardos Race = la Carrera de Ricardo. Houston, Tex. : ArtePublico Press.ISBN: 9781558854819Price: $15.95Grades: 3-5Reviews: Kirkus Reviews (May 1, 2007); Multicultural Review (December 1, 2007)An illustrated biography of Ricardo Romo; discussing his childhood, family, education, love of running, wife, andcareer as president of the University of Texas in San Antonio. Presented in English and Spanish.This direct and heartwarming biography follows the life of Ricardo Romo from his boyhood in San Antonio, Texas,as the son of small grocers, through his hard work and successes as a high-school and university athlete and into hisadult life as a schoolteacher, professor and university president. Focusing both on family love and responsibilities,and his school successes and disappointments (his junior-high counselor suggested he not attend a college-preparatory high school), Bertrand portrays a boy and young man always ready to contribute to his family or teamand prepared to push himself as far as he can. Accardos old-fashioned and realistic artwork suits the time period—the 1940s through the 1960s—with rich colors and strong, simple lines, reminiscent of those in coloring books. BothEnglish and Spanish texts are smooth, inviting and squarely aimed at young readersBrown, Monica. (2010). Side by side : the story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez = Lado alado : la historia de Dolores Huerta y César Chávez. New York : Rayo.ISBN: 9780061227813Price: $16.99Grades: K-3Reviews: Booklist (November 1, 2010); School Library Journal (November 1, 2010)
  10. 10. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez were two instrumental individuals who helped fight for the rights of farm workersand their children. In this bilingual book, the beginnings of their activism are presented in a straightforward andchild friendly text. The accompanying illustrations are a superb supplement to the biographical account of these twocrusaders. Huerta and Chavez’s initial meeting and 30 year joint venture for the betterment of working conditionsand wages for farm workers in the United States is the focus of the nonfictional story. Standing side by side theirpassion and courage brought about these changes and it was no easy feat. The legendary 340 mile California marchalong with Chavez’s 36 day hunger strike is presented for young readers to understand the sacrifices made by bothindividuals. The English and Spanish text includes a note to parents and teachers as well as quotes from each leader.This book would be an asset to any bilingual classroom or library media center.Herrera, Juan Felipe. (1995). Calling the doves = El canto de las palomas story. San Francisco,Calif. : Childrens Book Press.ISBN: 9780892391325Price: $14.95Grades: 3-5Reviews: School Library Journal (February 1, 1996); Booklist (January 1, 1996)A bilingual story in English and Spanish in which the author recalls his childhood in the mountains and valleys ofCalifornia with his Mexican-American migrant farmworker parents who inspired him with poetry and songThe author recalls his childhood in the mountains and valleys of California with his Mexican American migrantfarmworker parents who inspired him with poetry and songIn lyrical and imagistic prose, prominent Mexican American poet Juan Felipe Herrera has written a bilingual memoirof his childhood as the beloved son of migrant farmworkers traveling from harvest to harvest in a truck towing theirlittle square loaf house along the roads winding through the mountains and valleys of California. Embraced by thelove of his family, Herrera was set on his own road to becoming a writer. "As the cities came into view, I knew oneday I would follow my own road. I would let my voice fly the way my mother recited poems, the way my fathercalled the doves." Composed in the style of robust murals, Simmons lushly colored, creamy illustrations pulsatewith a multitude of images as they chart the landscapes of Herreras childhood heartland. Certainly a welcomealternative to the usually bleak portrayal of the migrant farmworker experience, this is an inspirational self-portraitof a loving Latino family. A poetic picture-book memoir that will add beauty to any literature, Latino culture, orbiography collection.Herrera, Juan Felipe. (2000). The upside down boy = El niño de cabeza. San Francisco, Calif. :Childrens Book Press.ISBN-13: 9780892391622Price: $15.95Grades: 3-5Reviews: Horn Book Magazine (September 1, 2000); Multicultural Review (June 1, 2000)Herreras free-verse poems sing with a unique voice in both languages, his playfulness and imagination conveyinghumor, lyricism, love, and hope. Gómezs enchanting illustrations are reminiscent of Chagalls paintings: colorfuland ethereal. . . . Not only a valuable asset for bilingual classrooms and families, The Upside Down Boy payshomage to an inspiring teacher and offers a testimony of hope for children struggling to find their own place."This exuberant bilingual picture book chronicles Juanito’s experience of finding his feet in a new place and his voicein a new language. In a brief introductory note, Herrera (author of Calling the Doves, BCCB 12/95) explains thatwhen he was eight years old, his mother decided it was time for the family to give up their nomadic life ascampesinos (field workers) and settle down in the city so he could go to school. Juanito’s understandable anxieties atthis move are poignant and poetic; since he does not yet speak English, he especially worries about the language gapand wonders, “Will my tongue turn into a rock?” The sometimes surreal acrylic illustrations successfully convey
  11. 11. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.Juanito’s nervous excitement as well as the disorientation he expresses when he later describes himself (aftermistakenly eating his lunch during recess time) as “the upside down boy.” In time, however, Juanito rights himself,thanks to his parents’ appreciation of both their native Spanish and their acquired English and thanks to Juanito’syoung teacher, who praises his first poem and his singing voice. A happy ending that reads the same in both Englishand Spanish (“475.71--------Gleiter, Jan; Thompson, Kathleen. (1989). Hernando de Soto. Milwaukee : Raintree Publishers.ISBN-13: 9780817229030Price: $21.40Grades: 3-5Reviews: Publishers Weekly (July 18, 1994); Children’s Literature (January 1, 1994)A biography of the Spanish explorer who led the first European expedition to reach theMississippi River, explored in what is now Florida, and took part in the Spanish conquest of theInca Empire.Chrisman sheds some light on the life of de Soto, the Spanish explorer who led the conquest ofthe Inca nation and later served as the governor of Cuba. A valuable resource for social studies.Part of the "Hispanic Stories" series, the text is printed in Spanish and English.Ancona, George. (2004). My school = Mi escuela. New York : Childrens Press.ISBN-13: 9780516236865Price: $20.00Grades: K-3Reviews: School Library Journal (May 1, 2005); Library Media Connection (April 1, 2005)Christopher, a fifth-grade student whose father came from El Salvador and mother from Guatemala, describes someof the things he and his friends do in school. Presented in English and Spanish.describes Christopher Alonzo participating in typical activities in his fifth grade Los Angeles classroom. The book’smany appealing colorful photos enhance and expand its brief bilingual text. Each page of text begins with a Spanishparagraph, followed by the English translation and small photos and reproductions of children’s drawings. A largerelated photo takes up the opposing page. Christopher lives with his father, who came from El Salvador, his mother,who came from Guatemala, and his younger brother. Photos and text show Christopher arriving at school, doingmath problems, playing at recess, reading, eating lunch, drawing scientific diagrams, celebrating Halloween, andplaying the flute. A page near the end of the book presents the family histories of Christopher’s parents, followed bya map showing their past journeys and present location. The first person narrative, told from Christopher’s and thenfrom his parent’s perspective, adds to the book’s sense of reality and vitality. In spite of the book’s brevity, the skillfulinterweaving of this conversational text with stunning photos helps the reader get to know and appreciateChristopher, his family and school. This book does a wonderful job of celebrating both the diversity and unity of theLatino experience. A glossary, and a page of background information on Central America are included.Lee, Sally. (2011). Eleanor Roosevelt. Primeras Damas/First Ladies Series. Mankato, Minn. :Capstone Press.ISBN-13: 9781429661126Price: $17.99Grades: 3-5
  12. 12. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.Reviews: Library Media Connection (March 1, 2011); The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews(Vol. 23, No. 4)Text and photographs describe the life of the popular First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, and describes her childhood,education, private life, and years of public service. Written in English and Spanish.Eleanor Roosevelt was born in 1884 to a very wealthy family, but she was a very shy child. Her parents died whileshe was very young, and at age eight she went to live with her grandmother, who was very strict. Later, she went to aboarding school in England. There she became more self-confident and was a very good student. Eleanor marriedher distant cousin, Franklin Roosevelt, in 1905, and they had six children. Franklin was elected the President of theUnited States in 1933, and Eleanor began to help the millions of people that were in need of jobs, homes, and food.She was very active in helping the poor and underprivileged across the country. Then World War II broke out, andagain she went to the aid of people that needed help. In 1945, Franklin died, and Eleanor missed him very much.She worked for several years after his death for the United Nations. She worked to get rights for people all acrossthe world so that they could have personal freedoms. She died in 1962 and is still remembered today for her hardwork for other people that were less fortunate than she. The photographs throughout the book are in black andwhite and express the seriousness of Eleanor’s life. She worked hard and did much to make the country a betterplace for many people. She was not afraid to speak out against the way that African-Americans were being treated.Many people did not like the way she tried to get things changed. The simple text and bold pictures of Eleanor’s liferemind readers of how she thought actions were much more important than just sitting at home. A time linecontinues through the book on each page. Events are added as the story of her life unfolds. Eleanor’s history is notdull or dry. Readers will be stirred by her energy and endurance to get things changed during her lifetime. This willmake a great biography to add to any collection. It can also be used as a good starting place to begin a love forhistory and famous people that have helped change our country into a great nation. The added information sectionat the end will give students additional places to go for more material on Mrs. Roosevelt.Raatman, Lucia. (2011). Michelle Obama. Primeras Damas/First Ladies Series. Mankato, Minn. :Capstone Press.ISBN: 9781429661102Price: $23.99Grades: 1-3Reviews: Library Media Connection (March 1, 2011); Children’s Literature (January 1, 2011)Some of the interesting facts presented about Michelle Obama include her leaving her law firm job due jobdissatisfaction and her wanting to help people, the planting of a vegetable garden in the White House, and hercrusade to get others to volunteer in their communities. Accompanying the photographs and the bilingual text is atimeline of events in the life of the First Lady. The translations are suitable for young readers and the text issimplistic enough for either language learner. The biography includes a table of contents, glossary,Raatman, Lucia. (2011). Jacqueline Kennedy. Primeras Damas/First Ladies Series. Mankato,Minn.: Capstone Press.ISBN: 9781429661119Price: $23.99Grades: 1-3Reviews: Library Media Connection (March 1, 2011); Children’s Literature (January 1, 2011)Young Spanish and English readers will learn about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy in this “First Ladies” seriesfrom the Pebble Bilingual plus collection of four titles. In this feature interesting facts about one of the most popular
  13. 13. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.first ladies include her ability to speak three languages, being the first lady to catalog all of the artwork in the WhiteHouse, her Vassar college education, and her notable newspaper reporting and editorial skills. The twenty-fourpages include a table of contents, glossary, Internet sites, and an index. Along with the factual information is atimeline of her Jacqueline Kennedy’s life along with photographs of the former first lady. Other first ladies includedin this series are Martha Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Michelle Obama. Bilingual readers will get a succinctoverview on the life of this first lady. This biography makes a suitable addition to a library collection or classroomlibrary.588.07-------------Lee, Sally. (2011). Laura Bush. Primeras Damas/First Ladies Series. Mankato, Minn. : CapstonePress.ISBN: 9781429653251Price: $23.99Grades: 1-3Reviews: Library Media Connection (March 1, 2011); Children’s Literature (January 1, 2011)A celebration of amazing women and the ways they worked to improve life in the United States.Striking photos and simple text give readers an up-close look at First Ladies who helped shapethe country. A time line integrated at the bottom of each spread captures important events,culminating in a complete summary on the final page.Lee, Sally. (2011). Martha Washington. Primeras Damas/First Ladies Series. Mankato, Minn. :Capstone Press.ISBN: 9781429661133Price: $23.99Grades: 1-3Reviews: Library Media Connection (March 1, 2011); Children’s Literature (January 1, 2011)Text and photographs describe the life of Martha Washington, the first woman to hold theposition of First Lady of the United States. Written in English and Spanish.The founding first lady of the United States, Martha Washington, is the feature of this four “First Ladies” PebblePlus bilingual series. The other first ladies in this series include: Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, andMichelle Obama. In this simplistic but informative bilingual text, young readers will get a great overview of the lifeand accomplishments of Martha Washington. Some of the interesting facts presented for bilingual readers are herprevious marriage, her kindness, affluent upbringing, and also being called Lady Washington by the people of thenation. The Spanish translations are suitable and simplistic for either language learner. Accompanying the bilingualtext are paintings and illustrations to coincide with the information. In addition, a timeline of events is foundthroughout the biographical pages. This book includes a table of contents, glossary, Internet sites, and an index.This book makes a suitable addition to a library collection or bilingual classroom library.Stewart, Mark. (2002). Latino baseballs hottest hitters = Los mejores bateadores del béisbol latino. Brookfield,Conn. : Twenty-first century books.ISBN: 9780761325673Price: $26.90Grades: 4-5Reviews: Children’s Literature (September 1, 2002); VOYA (October 1, 2002)
  14. 14. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.A history of Latino baseball players in the United States, including individual biographies of starplayers, with a focus on fielders. Presented in Spanish and English.The "Dual Language Sports Books" series features a bilingual format, with Spanish and Englishtext on facing pages. Hottest Hitters explains the beginnings of baseball as a popular sport inthe United States and how those from Latin American countries became involved. Racism of thetime and its effects on the game are also discussed. Pioneer hitters are profiled, and careerbiographies include Bobby Abreu, Moises Alou, Jose Cruz Jr., and Carlos Delgado. Eight hittersare profiled in a similar Ones to Watch section. Pages are thoroughly filled with text, colorphotographs, fact boxes, and quotations. Curriculum connections to U.S. and world history arepossible, and use in ESL and Spanish classrooms is feasible. Although the information containedwill quickly become dated, these books written in sports lingo will surely appeal to English- andSpanish-speaking baseball fans and reluctant readers. Dual Language Sports Books (Un LibroDeportivo en Ingles y Español).Ancona, George. (2004). My friends = Mis amigos. New York : Childrens Press.ISBN-13: 9780516236902Price: $20.00Grades: K-3Reviews: School Library Journal (May 1, 2005); Library Media Connection (April 1, 2005)Part of the “Somos Latinos” bilingual Spanish/English series, this title shows Amelia Moyer Perez engaging with avariety of friends in a variety of activities. Amelia, who seems to be around nine years old, lives with her olderbrother, her Dominican-American mother, and is visited by her European-American father. The book’s manyappealing photos enhance and expand its brief bilingual text. Each page of text begins with a Spanish paragraph,followed by an English translation and small photos and reproductions of children’s drawings. A large related phototakes up all of the opposing page. Photos and text show Amelia, her family and many friends of both sexes and avariety of ethnicities and ages, interacting in many different activities: drawing, fixing breakfast at school, buildingsandcastles, playing basketball, climbing trees, dressing up like fairies and reading in bed. A page near the end of thebook presents the family history of Amelia’s mother, followed by a map showing her journey from the DominicanRepublic to California. The first person narrative, told from Amelia’s and then her mother’s perspective, adds to thebook’s sense of reality and vitality. In spite of the book’s brevity, the skillful interweaving of this conversational textwith stunning photos helps the reader to get to know and appreciate Amelia, her family and friends, and theiractivities. This book does a wonderful job of celebrating both the diversity and unity of the Latino experience.******De Anda, Diane. (2001). Dancing Miranda = Baila, Miranda, Baila. Houston, Tex. : Piñata Books.ISBN: 9781558853249Price: $14.95Grades: 3-5Reviews: Children’s Literature; The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 14, No. 4)Miranda, a young Hispanic-American girl dances with grace and enthusiasm everywhere she can. Soon she mustdance in front of hundreds of people, including the mayor, to celebrate Childrens Day. One day Miranda is upsetafter overhearing her mother talking to her dance instructor about how her mothers poliomyelitis prevented her fromdancing as a girl. Miranda must overcome her sorrow in order to rehearse and dance successfully on that special day.The text appears in both Spanish and English on each page. The artist uses a rich, warm palette to echo the closenessbetween mother and daughter. The story provides an empathetic view of a physical handicap and how one personsgift can enrich others. The illustrations are very appropriate for the story. The illustrator does atremendous job of capturing the mood of the characters in a very realistic way. All of the
  15. 15. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.illustrations are colorful and hold the attention of the reader.Stewart, Mark. (2002). Latino baseballs finest fieldersSpanish text by Manuel Kalmanovitz =Los más destacados guantes del béisbol latino. Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press.ISBN: 9780761317494Price: $26.90Grades: 4-5Reviews: Children’s Literature (September 1, 2002); VOYA (October 1, 2002)This is a terrific sports-book idea, because it gives young Latino fans some heroes to root for and a list of up-and-coming players to watch--and it does so in both Spanish and English. The stories of Nomar Garciaparra, Javy Lopez,Ivan Rodriguez, Roberto Alomar and other hot-gloved players are told bilingually, on facing pages, which givesHispanic-American kids a chance to practice their Spanish reading skills. The authors also provide an interestingintroduction to the ways the sport caught on in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and other countries--and reminds kidsthat from 1871 to 1947, fewer than four dozen Latino ballplayers made the majors because of the color bar. Inaddition, the book explains that the game is played differently in the Latino culture, which focuses more on strategyand stylish defense than swinging for the fence or pursuing no-hitters.Treviño Hart, Elva. (1999). Barefoot heart : stories of a migrant child. Tempe, Ariz. : Bilingual Press/EditorialBilingüe.ISBN: 9780927534819Price: $17.00Grades: 5Reviews: English Education (July 1, 2002); VOYA (December 1, 1999)I am nobody. And my story is the same as a million others.... Poor Mexican-American.... Some of us grow up andmove to cities. Others of us stay. I dont know which is better." With this introduction, Hart lures the reader into ajourney through her childhood. Seven children and a life of poverty has drained her Ama (mother), leaving nostrength for expressions of love for little Elva. Apa (father), strong and hard-working, expects the same from hischildren, but he also has a dream for them--a high school diploma. He will not keep them in the fields when schoolstarts in the fall; each summer they return, literally, to the wrong side of the tracks in their segregated Texas town forthe first day of school. Hart paints an extraordinarily clear picture of a shy little girl, playing at the edge of a field allalone, waiting for the signal to bring water to her family. Reminiscent of The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez,(University of New Mexico Press, 1997), Barefoot Heart carries the reader deep into the heart and soul of herMexican-American migrant family. Quiet dignity, stoic acceptance, longing, and fear radiate from the pages. Hartfulfilled her fathers dream and more, earning a masters degree in computer science/engineering. Her story is thetriumph of a soul.Lomas Garza, Carmen. (1990). Family pictures paintings = Cuadros de familia / cuadros. San Francisco, Calif. :Childrens Book Press.ISBN: 9780892390502Price: $12.95Grades: K-3Reviews: Kirkus Reviews (October 1, 1990); The Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books(October 1, 1990)Not a picture book, this is instead an album of paintings accompanied by explanatory captions. Drawn from theartists memories of growing up in a small Texas town, the paintings are naively styled, straightforward depictions ofwhat life was like in her Hispanic community: celebrating a birthday, picking cactus, making tamales, going to
  16. 16. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.church. This would be nostalgic but for the specificity of the images and memories: "This is my grandparentsbackyard. My grandmother is killing a chicken for dinner. My grandfather is in the chicken coop trying to catchanother chicken. Later, my family will sit down to eat Sunday dinner--chicken soup." The painting showsgrandmother calmly breaking a chickens neck while one surprised child spills his snowcone. Another shows peopleplaying "cakewalk," a musical-chairs game "to raise money to send Mexican Americans to the university." Thepaintings are filled with small patterns and details, with each leaf and blade of grass sharply defined. The flatperspective iconographically places the activities on a two-dimensional plane that gives each scene a formalizeddignity. This is an honest portrayal of a culture rarely seen in childrens books, and (more important as far aschildren are concerned) every page offers a lot to look at. The text is in both English and Spanish.Brown, Monica. (2009) Pelé, king of soccer = Pelé, el rey del fútbol. New York : Rayo.ISBN: 006122779XPrice: $17.99Grades: 2-5Reviews: Booklist (November 15, 2008); Kirkus Reviews (November 15, 2008)The life of Pelé, “King of Soccer,” begins in a town in Brazil, where he has to work hard to help his poor family. Heplays soccer with his friends and with his father, promising his father to win a World Cup for him and for Brazilsome day. At fifteen, Pelé is invited to join a professional team; at seventeen he plays in the World Cup final andfulfills his vow. Pelé helps win two more World Cups for Brazil, and becomes the first player to score a thousandgoals. The tale is told clearly and succinctly in both languages. Visualized in mixed media on double pages teemingwith additional images from life, the story’s impression is one of intense, fluid color. Shapes flow into bands ofdecorations across the pages with pictures of Pelé in action dominating his teammates and crowds as he races after aball or kicks a pass. From the expanding spiral on the jacket to the end of his famous “bicycle kick,” emotions arekept at high pitch.Gleiter, Jan; Thompson, Kathleen. (1989). Marti, Jose. Milwaukee : Raintree Publishers.ISBN-13: 9780817229061Price: $21.40Grades: 5Reviews: Children’s Literature (January 1, 1994); Publishers Weekly (July 18, 1994);Jailed and exiled many times for his work and writings, Martí founded the Cuban Revolutionary Party and dedicatedhimself to Cubas fight for independence from Spanish rule. Dual English/Spanish text that highlights thecontribution of this famous leader make this text a valuable resource for social studies.A biography of the Cuban patriot, author, and journalist, who dedicated his life to Cubas struggle for independencefrom Spain.794.14-----Brown, Monica. (2005). My name is Gabriela : the life of Gabriela Mistral = Me llamo Gabriela : la vida deGabriela Mistral. Flagstaff, Ariz. : Luna Rising,ISBN: 9780873588591Price: $15.95Grades: 4-5Reviews: Multicultural Review (Spring 2006); School Library Journal (February 2006)Gabriela Mistral, was the name Lucía Godoy Alcayaga gave herself because she liked the sound of it. Mistral lovedwords, teaching, and learning. She was the first Latin American writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. In
  17. 17. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.this quiet and poetic picture book, we learn through Parra’s imaginative illustrations and Brown’s prose what her lifewas like. Not many children’s books deal with Nobel Prize winners in this manner, but this is an exquisite picturebook biography. The palette, though subdued, richly conveys bygone times. The text is in both English and Spanish.Lomas Garza, Carmen. (1996). In my family : paintings and stories = En mi Familia : cuadros y relatos. SanFrancisco, CA : Childrens Book,ISBN-13: 9780892391639Price: $16.95Grades: 3-5Reviews: Book Links (March 1, 2004); Horn Book Magazine (November 1, 1996)The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in an Hispanic community inTexas.Following the best-selling Family Pictures, In My Family/En mi familia is Carmen Lomas Garzas continuing tributeto the family and community that shaped her childhood and her life. Lomas Garzas vibrant paintings and warmpersonal stories depict memories of growing up in the traditional Mexican-American community of her hometownof Kingsville, Texas.The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in an Hispanic community inTexas.843.99-----Winter, Jonah. (2002). Frida. New York : Arthur A. Levine Books.ISBN-13: 9780590203203Price: $16.95Grades: 3-5Reviews: Booklist (March 1, 2002); Parents Guide (Fall 2002)Drawing saves her from being sad. . . . Instead of crying, she paints herself crying." This picture-book biography of Frida Kahlo is about the great Mexican painter who transformed herchildhood illness and catastrophic injury into art. While the quiet words tell of the struggle withpolio that kept Kahlo bedridden for months ("Thats when Frida teaches herself how to draw")and of the bus accident that left her always in pain, brilliantly colored, acrylic illustrations, inMexican folk-art style, show the imaginary animals and mythical creatures that kept hercompany. One powerful double-page spread is like a fairy tale with the young maiden caught inthe thorny branches of a tree spreading across the night sky. The authors note at the end refers toKahlos marriage to Diego Rivera, but the focus here is on her youth and her roots. Its great thattheres no heavy message. Its the magic realism that shows and tells the richness of the inner lifethat makes the painter strong and beautiful.Children will be fascinated by life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo as presented in this stunning picture bookbiography that blends lush, highly charged art evocative of Kahlos own work with a spare, understated narrative.Despite its restraint, the text delivers a bounty of information about Kahlo in short, beautifully weighted sentencesthat convey more than mere fact: "For little Frida, the world is Mexico." Kahlo was plagued by illness as a child. Asa young adult, she was terribly injured in a bus accident. Art began as her diversion from loneliness and pain. It grewinto a spiritual, soul-deep need that illustrator Ana Juan has captured in her fanciful, haunted paintings for thisstriking book. Both playful and frightening, they convey Kahlos escape from physical trauma through her incrediblyrich life of the mind, which in turn inspired the artwork she created. A brief authors note provides additionalinformation on Kahlos life, such as her marriage to Diego Rivera, to supplement a narrative that focuses on therelationship of this singular artist to her art.
  18. 18. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.860.94--Davila Martinez, Diana. (2003). A school named for someone like me = Una escuela con unnombre como el mío. Houston, Tex. : Piñata Books.ISBN-13: 9781558853348Price: $7.95Grades: 3-5Reviews: Catholic Library World (Jun 1, 2006); School Library Journal (May 1, 2005)This book presents a moving tribute to the author’s brother, Jaime Dávila, who became a role model for many in thecommunity where he grew up. Readers are given a brief history of the Dávila family, their immigration to the UnitedStates from Mexico in the 1950s, and the childhood of the author and her brother. In spite of occasional boyhoodrebellions, Jaime continuously strove to make his parents proud. He excelled in baseball, karate, public speaking,and academics. He also understood the importance of volunteering in community projects. He not only went on tograduate from Harvard but he later earned a law degree from the University of Texas Law School. Over the courseof the book, astute readers might pick up on the fact that Jaime is always mentioned in the past tense and therebyrealize that something unfortunate happened. In fact, the author does relate the sad news that her brother drownduring a tubing trip down a river with some lawyer friends. But she uses her brother’s successes to encouragechildren, especially those in Hispanic communities, to put as much effort as they can into their own educationalefforts. Because of Jaime’s drive to use his education for the betterment of his community, a scholarship and anelementary school were named after him. This book would be an excellent tool for demonstrating to students thateveryone is capable of achieving their goals through hard word and dedication868.89Ancona, George. (1994). The piñata maker = El piñatero. San Diego : Harcourt BraceISBN-13: 9780152000608Price: $16.95Grades: 2-5Reviews: Booklist (February 15, 1994); Kirkus Reviews (February 1, 1994)In lucid color photos and a simple bilingual text, the work of 77-year-old Don Ricardo ("Tio Rico"), a Mexicancraftsman who "started creating pÞatas fifteen years ago when...making felt sombreros became too hard for him."Beginning with a small boy delivering some of Tio Ricos materials (old newpapers and paper bags), Ancona leadsinto a detailed depiction of making of an unusual swan pÞata. Forming a shape of cardboard and banana leaves,incorporating a clay pot, and applying decorative covering are all explained so clearly -- in both the text and theadmirable photos -- that readers will be able to follow up by making their own pÞatas (Ancona also offers somealternative construction methods). Creating a couple of other shapes and a party where one of them meets itsintended end round out an attractive presentation.Don Riendo has been the pinata maker of a small village in Mexico for fifteen years. Even now at 77 years of agethe children still love him and invite him to nearly all of the parties. From the beautiful photographs and theinformative text we get a glimpse of how pinatas are made and how they are enjoyed by the children at parties in aMexican village.885.84----901.79--
  19. 19. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.Benatar, Raquel. (2009). Yes, You Can Too!/¡Tú también puedes!: The Life of Barack Obama/La vida de BarackObama. Englewood, N.J. : Laredo Pub.ISBN: 9781564923653Price: $16.95Grades: 5Reviews: Children’s Literature (September 1, 2010); School Library Journal (September 1, 2010)follows Obamas life from his somewhat turbulent childhood to his election as the first African-American Presidentof the United States. The focus is on his rising above personal challenges stemming from a fragmented family life todevelop self-confidence, gathering strength from those close to him, and in being successful in school. The authoralso explores how Obamas passion for helping others developed over time into a desire to make a difference in theworld. An expert on biographical illustration, Levitas uses watercolor and pencil illustrations, mostly in earth tonesand shades of green and red, to portray key aspects of Obamas life. The Spanish and English texts flow nicely andcould be used as a source for intermediate language study.918.74----*Treviño Hart, Elva. (1999). Barefoot heart : stories of a migrant child. Tempe, Ariz. : BilingualPress.ISBN-13: 9780927534819Price: $17.99Grades: 5Reviews: Library Journal (July 1, 1999); School Library Journal (November 1, 1999)I am nobody. And my story is the same as a million others.... Poor Mexican-American.... Some of us grow up andmove to cities. Others of us stay. I dont know which is better." With this introduction, Hart lures the reader into ajourney through her childhood. Seven children and a life of poverty has drained her Ama (mother), leaving nostrength for expressions of love for little Elva. Apa (father), strong and hard-working, expects the same from hischildren, but he also has a dream for them--a high school diploma. He will not keep them in the fields when schoolstarts in the fall; each summer they return, literally, to the wrong side of the tracks in their segregated Texas town forthe first day of school. Hart paints an extraordinarily clear picture of a shy little girl, playing at the edge of a field allalone, waiting for the signal to bring water to her family. Reminiscent of The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez,(University of New Mexico Press, 1997), Barefoot Heart carries the reader deep into the heart and soul of herMexican-American migrant family. Quiet dignity, stoic acceptance, longing, and fear radiate from the pages. Hartfulfilled her fathers dream and more, earning a masters degree in computer science/engineering. Her story is thetriumph of a soul. Watch for more from this fledgling author.936.73---Moriarty, J.T. (2003). Phillis Wheatley : African American poet = poeta afroamericana. New York : Rosen Pub.Group.ISBN-13: 9780823941674Price: $20.95Grades: 3-5Reviews: Booklist (February 15, 1997); School Library Journal (July 1, 2001)A biography of the African slave who was taken in and educated by a Boston couple and became well-knownbecause of the poetry she wrote.
  20. 20. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.A practical, well-documented introduction to the life and work of the poet. Salisbury chronicles what is known abouther subject and places it in the context of the times. In the process, she describes slavery, Christian New England,and the American Revolution. The main events of Wheatleys life are related in a clear fashion; the text is organizedinto interesting subheadings and accompanied by period maps and reproductions. Readers may be inspired to learnmore about this remarkable woman.957.68--Goodwin, David. (1991). Cesar Chavez : hope for the people = César Chávez : la esperanza parael pueblo. New York : Fawcett Columbine.ISBN: 9780449906262Price: $11.99Grades: 5Reviews: Children’s Literature (February 1, 1992); KLIATT Review (April 1, 1992)The son of poor Mexican Americans, Cesar Chavez grew up in grinding poverty. In 1962, he set out to do whatmany before him had tried and failed to do -- organize a trade union for farm workers. With courage anddetermination, he transformed the plight of the workers into an international cause.This review was written to address three books in the "Great Lives" series which provide biographies of CesarChavez, Sandra Day OConnor and Thomas Jefferson. There are at least 17 books in this new series of biographieswritten for middle school readers. The subjects are categorized as "Great Explorers," "Leaders of 20th CenturyPolitics and Government," and "Great Americans." The covers feature pastel portraits. Inside are a few grainyphotographs. Each book contains a table of contents, eight or ten chapters, a short bibliography, and a paragraphabout the author. The OConnor book also includes an appendix that explains how the Supreme Court works and theJefferson book includes a copy of the Declaration of Independence. The Chavez book is a bilingual edition, Spanishon the left-hand page and English on the right. I found that a useful arrangement for trying to expand my limitedknowledge of Spanish. The translation is by Maria Teresa Gonzales. The book makes clear how Chavez neglectedhis own family in his zeal for "La Causa" but it also makes clear the urgency of that cause. None of the books is alaudatory whitewash of the character, as so many biographies for young readers have been in the past. The OConnorbook makes such a sincere attempt at simplifying the complicated cases she dealt with that it left me confused. TheJefferson book provides perspective for numerous famous episodes in our countrys history. I would have liked tosee crediting for some of the information, but recognize that it would be inappropriate for a short book for youngreaders to be replete with footnotes. A few minor typos dont interfere with these books being useful for theirintended purpose969.67---Thatcher Murcia, Rebecca. (2011). What its like to be-- Marta Vieira = Qué se siente al ser--Marta Vieira. Hockessin, Del. : Mitchell Lane Publishers.ISBN: 9781584158523Price: $25.79Grades: 1-3Reviews: Booklist (October 15, 2010); School Library Journal (January 1, 2011)Celebrity series are not only omnipresent, they’re largely interchangeable. What gives these titles in the What It’sLike to Be / Qué se siente al ser . . . series a larger reach is the bilingual focus. Each layout carves out spaces forboth English and Spanish, and though the asymmetrical placement isn’t especially conducive to word-to-wordcomparison, it is nonetheless a sturdy translation that will be appreciated by bilingual learners. The expected puffery
  21. 21. Sources for Book Reviews:Titlewave and the Mackin Collection development tools include review sources. The journals that we evaluated inclass are searchable through the UNT database. Childrens Literature Collection includes reviews.pairs fairly dense blocks of cheery text with both staged publicity shots and grainier candids. The layout is simplebut effective, with insets spotlighting secondary characters as well as oversized arrows clarifying group shots. MartaVieira describes the four-time FIFA World Player of the Year as she performs admirably on and off the soccer field.No source notes here, but a list of further reading will aid report writers in these titles good for entry-level celebrityworship. Grades 1-3Series:995.46----+25.79 = 1021.25-16.95=1004.30-15.95=988.35Gange, Tammy. (2011). What its like to be-- Sonia Sotomayor = Qué se siente al ser-- SoniaSotomayor. Hockessin, Del. : Mitchell Lane Publishers.ISBN: 9781584158530Price: $25.79Grades: 1-3Reviews: Booklist (October 15, 2010); School Library Journal (January 1, 2011)These titles cover the lives of contemporary women who excel in very different fields. Each book chronicles theindividuals childhood, education, and current achievements. For instance, children learn about Sonia Sotomayorsbirth in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents, her studies at Princeton and Yale, and her work for the New York StateCourt System before being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. In Shakira readers discover how a childhoodmemory of homeless kids wandering in a park moved the superstar to help needy children in her native Colombia.Each book treats women with the same attention to detail and relevant photos, and child-friendly bilingual textsillustrate each point. Youngsters will enjoy learning about these personalities.

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