Joyce Rossi The Gullywasher

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The Gullywasher

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Leticia's grandfather, who was a vaquero as a young man, provides fanciful explanations for how he got his wrinkles, white hair, round belly, and stooped frame

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PreSchool-Grade 3?A gullywasher, or thundershower, drifts across a glowing pastel sky as Leticia and her grandfather begin a desert walk. At the little girl's request, Abuelito tells her a tall tale that explains how he came to look as he does. As a young vaquero (cowboy), he once could not find shelter during a severe gullywasher. The rain rushing over him caused his wrinkles. While taking a siesta after the storm, a hummingbird pulled out all of his dark hairs, leaving only the white ones. Abuelito goes on to explain his potbelly and his stooped back, and states his love for Leticia. The desert sun illuminates each lovely, double-page watercolor painting. Rossi's depictions of animals are especially fine. A helpful author's note describes vaquero storytelling and prepares the audience for a tall tale. Spanish words dot the text and are defined in a concise glossary. The tender story and beautiful artwork will be enjoyed by both Hispanic and non-Hispanic audiences. Pair it with Susan Lowell's Three Little Javelinas (Northland, 1992) for a Southwestern story time.?Denise E. Agosto, Midland County Public Library, TX
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Like cowboy stories 'round the campfire, this Southwestern tall tale gleefully turns from fact and gallops away with imagination. While watching a storm, a girl nudges her grandfather to tell of his range-riding days as a young vaquero. From his reminiscence of a "gullywasher"-a severe thunderstorm whose flooding ruts the land-the grandfather spins a narrative explaining how the rain wrinkled his skin. Prompted by Leticia's questions, Abuelito continues with fantastic accounts of how he got his gray hair, stooped posture and rounded paunch (He ate whole corn kernels with a chaser of "hot as fire" chiles. "They made the corn pop, pop, pop, and my stomach grew, grew, grew"). Rossi's watercolors, with their sunset-after-rain and red-clay-canyon hues, adhere closely to the cozy text. A glossary and pronunciation key help with the dozen or so Spanish words that pepper the narrative for an authentic Southwestern flavor. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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