placid above, teeming deep
I fell in love with this book at my school’s recent book fair and knew that it would be a perfect choice for a BookWalk. It’s Yum! MmMm! Que Rico! Americas’ Sproutings. Does this cover excite you as much as it does me?
Pat Mora has written 14 delectable haiku about some of the most popular foods found in the Americas. They include blueberries, chile peppers, chocolate, corn, cranberries, papayas, peanuts, pecans, pineapples, potatoes, prickly pears, pumpkins, tomatoes, and vanilla.
Rafael Lopez translated Mora’s words into equally tasty visions. Lopez is known for his fabulous murals often located in large urban areas. He has managed to bring that same wide-open freedom and bliss to the pages of this book.
In addition to the haiku and joyous artwork, this book gives some additional information about each of the foods named. The regional origins and histories open up perfect opportunities for further discussions. As a matter of fact, this selection is a superb vehicle for teaching about food, history, poetry, art, and multiculturalism.
Rush out and find this book! I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it, too. You might also check out the websites of the author and illustrator. Pat Mora can be found at patmora.com and Rafael Lopez is at rafaellopez.com.
Yum! MmMm! Que Rico! Americas’ Sproutings
Haiku by Pat Mora
Pictures by Rafael Lopez
Lee and Low Books Inc.
Kids love bugs! That makes this a particularly fun BookWalk selection. Beetle Bop, written and illustrated by Denise Flemming, is loaded with creepy, crawly beetles involved in all kinds of bug behaviors.
The book is brimming with words that your young friends can chew on. If you like for your students to sit silently while a book is read, this is not the book for you.
The words are also lyrical and rhythmic. They offer scads of opportunities for interactive fun; be it making the sounds that are described or performing beetle movements.
From a scientific perspective, it presents a visual representation of the beetle varieties that are crawling all around us every day.
Vivid colors, nature’s sounds, and graceful and not so graceful movements are whimsically expressed through the unusual illustrations. These vibrant illustrations were formed by “pouring colored cotton fiber through had-cut stencils.” (Flemming. 2009)
Spring is upon us and it’s the perfect time to have fun with some creepy creatures. Try this one out and have a great time with your friends!
Denise Fleming, Author and Illustrator
ISBN – 13: 978-0-545-15917-3
ISBN – 10: 0=545-15917-2
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