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In a small town in Mexico, a grandmother helps her granddaughter cope with her fears and learn the lessons of life, and her teachings stay with the granddaughter even when she has children of her own and her grandmother grows old
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PreSchool-Grade 3-Set in the mountains of central Mexico, this is the tale of a grandmother who passes on her strengths (bravery, the gift of healing, dignity, etc.) to her granddaughter by singing to her and stroking her back. When the little girl becomes a mother and then a grandmother herself, she uses singing and stroking to pass these gifts on to her children and grandchildren, who in turn pass them to future generations. Unfortunately, the text of this lengthy picture book is overburdened with heavy-handed descriptions and forced metaphors. Moreover, an author's note explains the New Age belief in the healing power of human touch as an indisputable fact rather than a spiritual belief. More troublesome still is that the author relates the practice of touch healing to the Mexican reverence for dead relatives, an inauthentic cultural connection. Nonetheless, this book cannot be summarily dismissed; the undeniable beauty of the delicate watercolor illustrations, with their dramatic use of line, coupled with soft, earthy tones, lend the characters and landscapes dignity and timelessness. An additional purchase for those interested either in considering New Age ideas or in examining exquisite watercolors.
Denise E. Agosto, formerly at Midland County Public Library, TX
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Book Description Barefoot Books, 1998. Condition: New. Jackie Morris (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1902283023
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