What Can You Do with a Rebozo? Hardcover – Apr 1 2008
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Para los ninos, Tafolla and Cordova weave together a delightful swirl of color, rhythm, and rhyme, delightful as a rebozo. ---Pat Mora
About the Author
Carmen Tafolla is a widely anthologized Mexican-American poet, with poems and stories for children and adults appearing in more than two hundred anthologies. A recipient of the Art of Peace Award, she has been recognized by the Texas Book Festival, Wellington International Poetry Festival, and the National Association of Chicano Studies. She enjoys inventing uses for her rebozos in San Antonio, Texas, where she lives with her husband, children, mother, and many pets in a hundred-year-old house.
Amy Cordova is an artist and art educator who has spent many years exploring culture, community, and sense of place. She lives in northern New Mexico, where she and her partner, Dan Enger, own a gallery brimming with their bold and colorful works. She also lives with two magical Chihuahuas, Unica and Onesimo, who fill her days with happy inspiration.
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Little girls can cuddle up to their grandmas underneath a rebozo to keep warm, cozy and get lots of hugs. They are good for wiping up stains, but Daddy will need to wash it after cleaning up a mess. On birthdays they can be used to cover one's eyes when trying to hit the colorful piñata (no peeking!), they can be used to make a secret tunnel between two chairs, they make great Superman capes on Halloween, they are good for wrapping a sick puppy in, making a slide from the top bunk and, best of all, winding around your body when you dance the La Bamba.
This is a beautiful book that is vibrant and lots of fun. The gorgeous, very complimentary artwork won the 2009 Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. In the back of the book is a brief historical discussion about rebozos. This would be a fun book to read during circle or story time in a library or classroom setting. Don't forget to bring your rebozo!
A young girl invites you into her home and life and shows you, through the story, the various uses for a rebozo. The uses are creative and practical; from using it as a wrap to carry a baby to using it to cover one when they fall asleep.
What makes What Can You Do With a Rebozo? especially good for children is the manner in which the author is able to inform and entertain. I love the illustrations. They are vibrant, inviting and informative. Children will be drawn to the pictures and thus the story as the illustrations complement the story.
Armchair Interviews says: A book to help children learn about their own, or perhaps another culture while enjoying a good story.
I appreciated that the theme and pictures had a hispanic (latino) flavor. An added plus was the multi generational family portrayed.
My grandaughter's favorite part is when the brother cleans up spilled ketchup with the rebozo and then the Dad launders it.
Within this book there was no real plot or conflict. The author simply made wrote about the different uses. The only hint of a plot came where after all the different things she could do with her rebozo, she fell asleep in her mother bed with the rebozo covering her like a blanket.
This book shows the reader different aspects of a Mexican family's life. Throughout the book there are a few Spanish words which also help promote the multicultural attribute of this book. I would recommend this book if you want to introduce the home life of a Mexican family, but not if you seek a book with a moral stance or some type of conflict.
What keep me reading this book is because of the pictures and colors that were used. The reason why i choose to read this book was because i read "What can you do with a Paleta" and i loved that book so I knew I would love this one. I think that this book is a must read for all ages. :)
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