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Lyrical meditations on Mexico
"Moon over Mexico
The moon’s white eye
watches over skyscrapers
and stone temples alike."
The poems in this tribute to the Mexico of the past and present show that history and modernity don’t always meet in an easy alliance. With respect and passion for the lore and legend of its old civilizations, and concern and hope for the Mexico of today, Tony Johnston takes us from Mexico City to Oaxaca to Chiapas, from the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl to a shoeless boy selling newspapers, in this moving collection exuberantly illustrated by Karen Barbour.
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Tony Johnston is the author of numerous books for children, including An Old Shell: Poems of the Galápagos. She lives in San Marino, California.
Karen Barbour has illustrated many books, including I Have an Olive Tree by Eve Bunting. She lives in Inverness, California.
Grade 5-8-For those readers unfamiliar with Quetzalc-atl, a Mexican serpent god, or the Day of the Dead, The Ancestors Are Singing may be a good launching pad into a discussion of Mexican culture. Johnston's poems give readers glimpses of a rainy street in Mexico City (complete with a "silver skein of cars") to the mouth of an erupting volcano, blowing out slivers of obsidian black lava. Jos‚ sells newspapers on a street corner; meanwhile, industry is chopping down the jungle ("-Where will the monkeys,/the jaguars/go?"). There is a sense of strong connection to history and culture, through imagery of animals, gods, and ancestors. Barbour's bold, swirling black-and-white illustrations convey a vivid sense of place. A volcano comes to life; the stoic faces and sensitive expressions are proudly depicted. And the joy and mysticism of angels, spirits, the moon, the sun, and music are aptly presented-all without the use of color. A brief glossary can help explain unfamiliar terms.
Sharon Korbeck, Waupaca Area Public Library, WI
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0374303479
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2003. Condition: New. Karen Barbour (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0374303479