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ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish
$14.95
Hardcover
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BOOK DETAILS

  • Hardcover
  • Sep.01.2007
  • 9781933693132

Cynthia gives an overview of the book:

    Seemingly the typical alphabet book with large type, this volume stands out for its artwork: gorgeous animal wood sculptures created in Oaxaca. Every letter is illustrated with a full-page photograph of a colorful hand-carved animal whose name either begins with or includes that letter. Weill displays the English and Spanish names below the image and include notes on a few of the letters, such as in the “ch” and “ll”, which are no longer part of the Spanish alphabet, and the “rr”, which is a commonly used sound yet not part of the ABC’s. Also mentioned is the “ñ”, which belongs only to the Spanish language and is used to spell vicuña.  CRITICAS Connection Best Bilingual Books of 2007  
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Seemingly the typical alphabet book with large type, this volume stands out for its artwork: gorgeous animal wood sculptures created in Oaxaca. Every letter is illustrated with a full-page photograph of a colorful hand-carved animal whose name either begins with or includes that letter.

Weill displays the English and Spanish names below the image and include notes on a few of the letters, such as in the “ch” and “ll”, which are no longer part of the Spanish alphabet, and the “rr”, which is a commonly used sound yet not part of the ABC’s. Also mentioned is the “ñ”, which belongs only to the Spanish language and is used to spell vicuña.  CRITICAS Connection Best Bilingual Books of 2007

 

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Publishers Weekly

A is for…Children can learn their alphabet (in two languages) as well as get an introduction to an array of unique animals in ABeCedarios.

Featuring vibrant wooden sculptures by a Oaxacan family of artists, the primer offers up animals both familiar (“the flamingo/ el flamenco”) and unusual, such as the nutria and vicuna, for each letter of the alphabet, as well as for uniquely Spanish sounds, such as “ll,” “ñ” and “rr.” The highly saturated color backdrops and stunning sculptures should win over readers of all ages.

- January 7, 2008

 

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I hope you enjoy ABeCedarios.  It took four years to have all of the figures made by brothers Moises and Armando Jimenez.  My partner and I endured torrential rains, scorpions and poisonous snakes in Oaxaca, Mexico to get the pieces that illustrate the work.  Fortunately, we remember it all fondly!

About Cynthia

I am a writer of multicultural children's books. For the illustrations of my work, I always collaborate with an artist or artisan from a developing nation.  Thus far, I have published four books.  I have commitments for three more.  These books have been well...

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