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A Pinata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas

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Un Pinata en un árbol de pino: un latino Doce Días de Navidad

“Beginning with “a piñata in a pine tree” and culminating in “doce angelitos celebrando” (twelve angels rejoicing), the double-page spreads each contain a pronunciation guide for both gifts and numbers.” –Horn Book

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An award-winning author and a rising star artist have put a festive Latino twist on “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” in A Pinata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas … populating it with piñatas in place of partridges, plus burritos bailando (dancing donkeys), lunitas cantando (singing moons), and much more, all displayed in the most vivid colors imaginable. In this version a little girl receives gifts from a secret amiga, whose identity is a sweet surprise at the book’s conclusion. There are things to find and count in Spanish on every page, with pronunciations provided right in the pictures and a glossary and music following the story. This joyous fiesta will warm even the coldest of hearts.
In this Latino twist on the traditional folk song, the narrator’s secret amiga‘s gifts include a piñata in a pine tree and cuatro luminarias, according to School Library Journal.
The identity of the girl’s amiga is a sweet surprise and is sure to bring a smile to readers. The spreads are pleasing to the eye, with acrylic paintings rendered in vivid oranges, pinks, greens, and sky blue. A description of Christmas foods and other holiday traditions from different Latin American countries are included in the author’s note, which also gives information on the history of the 12 days (beginning Christmas Day and ending January 5, Twelfth Night, the night before Epiphany, or Feast of the Three Kings). The last page includes the score.
Booklist said “In trading a partridge for a piñata and intertwining English and Spanish, Mora has created not only a fun adaptation of a classic Christmas carol but also an introduction to many elements of holiday celebrations for families across the U.S. and Latin America.”

Among the 12 presents that a little girl’s amiga brings to her are toys, musical instruments,

and special holiday foods such as pastelitos and tamalitos. The final gift is 12 angels heralding (doce angelitos celebrando) the arrival of a new baby sister, preparations for which have been unfolding in the background all along. The illustrator is the sister of Belpré Award–winning illustrator Yuyi Morales, and these acrylic paintings share a similar colorful and vibrant style as they integrate words, numbers, Spanish pronunciations, joy, and excitement throughout each full-page spread. A glossary, useful author’s and illustrator’s notes, and musical notation are also included. The syllabic rhythm doesn’t always perfectly match the familiar tune, but that won’t make reading or singing this any less merry.

Pat Mora, a popular presenter across the country at conferences, campuses, libraries, and schools, speaks and offers workshops on literacy, creativity, leadership, the writing process, and serving diverse populations. “Sharing Bookjoy: Creative Literacy Leaders” and “ZING! Seven Creativity Practices for Educators and Students” are among her more popular themes.

The author of award-winning books of nonfiction and poetry for adults and of many children’s books, Pat received honorary doctorates in letters from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo and is an honorary member of the American Library Association. Among her other awards are the 2006 National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, a Visiting Carruthers Chair at the University of New Mexico, a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship.

A former teacher, university administrator, and consultant, Pat is the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children’s Day/Book Day (Día), now housed at the American Library Association. The yearlong commitment to linking all children to books, languages, and cultures and of sharing what Pat calls “bookjoy,” culminates in national celebrations in April.

Pat was named one of the “Fifty Most Inspiring Authors in the World” by Poets & Writers magazine in February 2010.

“Spanish phrases pepper the traditional carol as a joyful child experiences the holiday…A luminous holiday pick, especially for new big brothers and sisters.” –Publishers Weekly

Un galardonado autor y un artista estrella en ascenso han puesto un toque Latino festiva en “Los Doce Días de Navidad”, en una piñata en un pino: A Latino Doce Días de Navidad … poblarlo con piñatas en lugar de perdices, además de burritos bailando (bailando burros), cantando Lunitas (cantando lunas), y mucho más, todo se muestra en los colores más vivos imaginables. En esta versión una niña recibe regalos de una amiga secreta, cuya identidad es una dulce sorpresa en la conclusión del libro. Hay cosas para encontrar y contar en español en todas las páginas, con pronunciaciones previstas en las fotos y un glosario y la música siguiendo la historia. Esta fiesta gozosa calentará incluso el más frío de los corazones.

En este giro Latino en la canción popular tradicional, regalos de amiga secreta del narrador incluyen una piñata en un pino y luminarias del cuatro, de acuerdo con School Library Journal.

La identidad de la amiga de la chica es una dulce sorpresa y está seguro de traer una sonrisa a los lectores. Los diferenciales son agradables a la vista , con pinturas acrílicas prestados en naranjas vivos , rosas , verdes y azul cielo . Una descripción de los alimentos de Navidad y otras tradiciones navideñas de diferentes países de América Latina están incluidos en la nota del autor , que también da información sobre la historia de los 12 días ( a partir del día de Navidad y termina el 5 de enero , noche de Reyes, la noche anterior a la Epifanía , o Fiesta de los Reyes Magos ) . La última página incluye la partitura.

Lista de libros , dijo “En el comercio de una perdiz de una piñata y entrelazando Inglés y Español, Mora ha creado no sólo una diversión adaptación de un clásico cuento de Navidad, sino también una introducción a muchos elementos de la celebración de las fiestas para las familias en los EE.UU. y América Latina. ”

Entre los 12 regalos que amiga de una niña trae con ella son juguetes, instrumentos musicales ,

y alimentos especiales de vacaciones como pastelitos y tamalitos . El regalo final es de 12 ángeles que anuncian ( doce angelitos Celebrando ) la llegada de una nueva hermanita , preparados para los que han estado desarrollando en el fondo todo el tiempo. El ilustrador es la hermana de Belpré ilustrador premiado Yuyi Morales, y estas pinturas acrílicas comparten un estilo colorido y vibrante similar a la que se integran las palabras , los números, las pronunciaciones españolas , la alegría y la emoción a través de cada página completa extensión . Un glosario , también se incluyen las notas del ilustrador de la notación musical autor útil y , y . El ritmo silábico no siempre coincide perfectamente con la melodía familiar , pero eso no hará que la lectura o el canto esto menos alegre.

Pat Mora, un presentador popular en todo el país en las conferencias , campus , bibliotecas y escuelas , habla y ofrece talleres de alfabetización , la creatividad , el liderazgo, el proceso de escritura , y servir a poblaciones diversas. ” Sharing alegría de los libros : Líderes de Alfabetización creativas” y “¡ZING ! Siete Prácticas de Creatividad para educadores y estudiantes ” son algunos de sus temas más populares.

El autor de libros premiados de no ficción y poesía para adultos y de muchos libros para niños , Pat recibió doctorados honoris causa en letras de la Universidad Estatal de Carolina del Norte y SUNY Buffalo y es miembro honorario de la Asociación Americana de Bibliotecas . Entre sus otros premios son el Premio 2006 del Centro Nacional de Cultura Hispana Literaria, un Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, una Cátedra Carruthers visitante en la Universidad de Nuevo México , una poesía de becas de la Fundación Nacional para las Artes, y Kellogg de Liderazgo Nacional de Becas .

Un ex maestro, administrador universitario y consultor , la patente es el fundador de la iniciativa de alfabetización familiar El Día de los Niños / El Día de los libros , el Día del Niño Día / Libro ( Día ) , conservada en la Asociación Americana de Bibliotecas . El compromiso de un año de duración a la vinculación de todos los niños a los libros , idiomas y culturas y de compartir lo que Pat llama ” alegría de los libros “, culmina en las celebraciones nacionales en abril.

Pat fue nombrado uno de los ” autores Fifty más inspiradores en el mundo” por los poetas y escritores de la revista en febrero de 2010 .

” Frases pimienta española del villancico tradicional como un niño alegre experimenta la fiesta … Una selección de fiesta luminosa , sobre todo para los nuevos hermanos y hermanas. ” – Publishers Weekly

Poetic language, attractive illustrations and a positive message about Islam, without any didacticism

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Kelly Cunnane, the critically-acclaimed author of For You Are a Kenyan Child, crafts a gentle and accessible picture book with DEEP IN THE SAHARA that offers a glimpse into the fascinating culture of West Africa and reveals that families are much the same the world over.

Lalla lives in the Muslim country of Mauritania, and more than anything, she wants to wear a malafa, the colorful veils Mauritanian women wear to cover their heads and clothes in public. Lalla sees the malafa as beautiful and believes wearing it will make her pretty, just like her mama, her big sister Selma, her cousin Aisha, and her grandmother. However, her family rejects Lalla’s request to wear a malafa citing her superficial reasons. It is not until Lalla realizes a malafa is not worn to show a woman’s beauty, to create mystery, or to honor tradition—but that a malafa represents faith—that Lalla’s mother agrees to slip the long cloth as blue as the ink in the Koran over Lalla’s head, under her arm, and round and round her body. Then together, they pray.

A lovely tale about faith and growing up, Kelly Cunnane’s beautiful prose and Hoda Hadadi’s gorgeous illustrations show tremendous insight into the culture and religion of Islam.

With an author’s note and glossary included in the back of the book, DEEP IN THE SAHARA is a wonderful choice for parents, teachers, and librarians wishing to expose children to foreign cultures. While Lalla’s experiences may be very different from most kids here in the U.S., the longing of a child to grow up and take part in adult activities is universal. This is the perfect book to teach young readers about difference and acceptance.

Rebecca Padula and Gary Dulabaum are… PaDulabaum: Americana Roots Singer-Songwriter Duo featuring multi-instrumentalists

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“As outrageous and funny and full of passion for reaching/teaching children as Gary in his wildest performances.” — Jane Yolen, author of the Caldecott-winning  Owl Moon, the Commander Toad books, and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

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These multi-instrumentalists and singers, Rebecca Padula and Gary Dulabaum, perform music that is truly fun for everyone, from rock to jazz to twangy country and gospel.

PaDulabaum came together in early 2013 to enthusiastically explore their love of great songs, no matter the genre. From standard jazz tunes, country songs loaded with twang, to ole time gospel tunes that will make you want to believe, blues tunes that make it feel good to feel bad, and rock tunes that just plain rock.

Accompanying themselves on mandolin, banjo and acoustic and electric guitars, they strive for a sound that takes you from the back roads of Americana right into the city’s heart and core.

Both singer-songwriters, Rebecca and Gary haven’t forgotten their roots as evidenced in their original songs about the people and places they’ve encountered on that musical highway.

Whether it is a cover tune, a traditional tune or one of their originals, they sing with a harmony all their own.

In this memoir about kids, creativity, and the power of songwriting, My Teacher Rides a Harley: Enhancing K-5 Literacy Through Songwriting, Dulabaum inspires and entertains. The book includes a detailed songwriting process, a CD of 16 songs to sing along with, and classroom activities to enhance the value of the songs. A great way for teachers to expose their students to the writing process and encourage their personal creativity.

“My Teacher Rides a Harley: Enhancing K-5 Literacy Through Songwriting is a valuable book for all teachers – not just K-5. Any teacher can use it to make curriculum happen – no matter what the subject,” wrote Susan L. McBride an Amazon.

Dulabaum teaches you, step-by-step, how to have students use curriculum to write lyrics to familiar tunes. Students (and you) have fun, and REMEMBER! He also addresses the music we all have inside of us. He shows how reading fluency can be enhanced by putting books to rhythm and music. Another plus is Gary’s story of entering schooling – something for all educators to laugh and cry about – and learn from. Use the tools and enjoy the message – it has life-changing implications for those who listen and take action. Enjoy!

“Gary’s…powerful methods enable children and teachers to experience the joy of communicating,” wrote Dr. Mary Bigler, Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Eastern Michigan University. “Who could ask for more?”

“[This book] is an excellent and highly commended resource for classroom teachers, reading instruction specialists, and home schoolers.” — Midwest Book Reviews July 2003 Issue

Graphic Organizers for Teaching Poetry Writing: Model Poems and Lessons That Support Children as They Write Different Forms

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Simplify and take the guesswork out of teaching poetry with these graphic organizers and step-by-step lessons. Model poems and lessons help students learn about the characteristics and structures of poetry forms such as haiku, limericks, and acrostics. Motivating graphic organizers, tailored to each poetry form, guide them in planning, and then writing their own poems. Includes ideas for building fluency and comprehension, extension activities, and a concise summary of recent best-practice research. For use with Grades 1-3. Poetry (from the Greek poiesis — ποίησις — meaning a “making”, seen also in such terms as “hemopoiesis”; more narrowly, the making of poetry) is a form of literary art which uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning. Poetry has a long history, dating back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. Early poems evolved from folk songs such as the Chinese Shijing, or from a need to retell oral epics, as with the Sanskrit Vedas, Zoroastrian Gathas, and the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Ancient attempts to define poetry, such as Aristotle’s Poetics, focused on the uses of speech in rhetoric, drama, song and comedy. Later attempts concentrated on features such as repetition, verse form and rhyme, and emphasized the aesthetics which distinguish poetry from more objectively-informative, prosaic forms of writing. From the mid-20th century, poetry has sometimes been more generally regarded as a fundamental creative act employing language. Poetry uses forms and conventions to suggest differential interpretation to words, or to evoke emotive responses. Devices such as assonance, alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhythm are sometimes used to achieve musical or incantatory effects. The use of ambiguity, symbolism, irony and other stylistic elements of poetic diction often leaves a poem open to multiple interpretations. Similarly, metaphor, simile and metonymy create a resonance between otherwise disparate images—a layering of meanings, forming connections previously not perceived. Kindred forms of resonance may exist, between individual verses, in their patterns of rhyme or rhythm. Some poetry types are specific to particular cultures and genres and respond to characteristics of the language in which the poet writes. Readers accustomed to identifying poetry with Dante, Goethe, Mickiewicz and Rumi may think of it as written in lines based on rhyme and regular meter; there are, however, traditions, such as Biblical poetry, that use other means to create rhythm and euphony. Much modern poetry reflects a critique of poetic tradition,[5] playing with and testing, among other things, the principle of euphony itself, sometimes altogether forgoing rhyme or set rhythm.  In today’s increasingly globalized world, poets often adapt forms, styles and techniques from diverse cultures and languages.

Here are some tips from Brod Bagert, on writing poetry

Find the Courage to Create:

  • It’s not crazy to strive to be the equal of the Great Poets of the past.
  • Be prepared to work hard to make good poems.
  • Write for the love your reader. View these poetry tips>

Build the Basic Skills

  • Writing is rewriting
  • The trick to producing clean rhyme
  • Making rhythm
  • The secret of sound”
  • Voice and Voices View these poetry tips >

Avoid the Deadly Poison

  • A poem is a picture in words.
  • Good poetry must be difficult to understand.
  • Comedy can never be great art. View these poetry tips >

    Find the Courage to Create:

    • It’s not crazy to strive to be the equal of the Great Poets of the past.
    • Be prepared to work hard to make good poems.
    • Write for the love your reader. View these poetry tips>

    Build the Basic Skills

    • Writing is rewriting
    • The trick to producing clean rhyme
    • Making rhythm
    • The secret of sound”
    • Voice and Voices View these poetry tips >

    Avoid the Deadly Poison

    • A poem is a picture in words.
    • Good poetry must be difficult to understand.
    • Comedy can never be great art. View these poetry tips >

The Magic Manuscript: Voyage to Eve Ilion is Worth a Gazillion Magical Journeys

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Two teenagers, Arthur and Jennifer, unearth a medieval manuscript in Cornwall, in modern England, during the Christmas holidays, in The Magic Manuscript: Voyage to Eve Ilion, by Barbara Burgess.  While reading the manuscript, Jennifer becomes engrossed in the story of fifteenth-century Lady Genevieve, a sixteen-year-old Cornish girl who escapes from her brother when he tries to marry her to one of the earls of Tudor against her will. Jennifer is, in reality, catapulted back to the fifteenth century, as well as to England in the sixth century. When Arthur realizes she is missing, he follows her back in time.

Paul Piehler, who is a former student of C. S. Lewis at Oxford University, professor at McGill University (Rtd.), and author, wrote:

Rarely has identification of exemplary heroes and admiring readers been taken further than in Barbara Burgess’ fascinating ongoing work, The Magic Manuscript. Arthur and Jennifer are two young Brits enjoying a Christmas holiday down in the ancient Cornish village of Morgan Porth, a place just vibrant with associations of Arthur, the legendary monarch of Britain, or more precisely Logres, as the ancient realm was called. But the action begins seriously when they come across a mysterious, normally inaccessible, cave, where they discover an ancient medieval manuscript that has the ultimate literary quality of mysteriously drawing readers into the actual lives and adventures of its heroes and heroines.
 
Thus what Barbara Burgess has done is brilliantly to merge the myth … of reincarnation into our natural inclination to identify ourselves with the ancestral heroes of this fascinating story. And once transmuted into their ancient heroic models, Arthur and Jennifer find themselves acting out the legendary, you might say the archetypal, adventures of these heroes. Thus they are helped by a guide of mysterious powers (Merlin in various incarnations), undergo a sea voyage to a magical kingdom, face down dragons and enchantresses, overcome trial by seduction, and are assisted in the acquisition of magical powers and weapons from the wise, beneficent Lady Eve (the Lady of the Lake), acquisitions that play decisive roles in this adventure, and the adventures, as we are promised, to come …

Barbara Burgess

Barbara Burgess

This adventure is superb! It offers a lovely plot, great characters and an incredible story. Readers are likely to fall in love with the well-crafted personas, a rockin’ hero and heroine. Burgess greatly succeeds in creating a baffling world that offers tenderness and hope in the midst of complex adversity; and in which pursuit of instinct and love, dedication, and shared sacrifice overcome barriers.

If a picture is worth a thousand words to many people, then a fiction book like The Magic Manuscript: Voyage to Eve Ilion is worth a gazillion magical journeys.

Voyage to Eve Ilion (The Magic Manuscript, #1)Voyage to Eve Ilion by Barbara C. Burgess

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This adventure is superb! It offers a lovely plot, great characters and an incredible story. Readers are likely to fall in love with the well-crafted personas, a rockin’ hero and heroine. Burgess greatly succeeds in creating a baffling world that offers tenderness and hope in the midst of complex adversity; and in which pursuit of instinct and love, dedication, and shared sacrifice overcome barriers.

If a picture is worth a thousand words to many people, then a fiction book like The Magic Manuscript: Voyage to Eve Ilion is worth a gazillion magical journeys.

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