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Review of Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua

Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua by Gloria Amescua; illus. by Duncan Tonatiuh Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    48 pp.    g 8/21    978-1-4197-4020-6    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68335-738-4    $15.54 Luz Jiménez was an Indigenous Nahua girl from Milpa Alta, on the outskirts of Mexico City, who grew up...
      

A Note from Me (May 28, 2021)

Dear friends: ALA is upon us! At least in HB land — I was just looking at layouts of The Speeches, gorgeous, and great speeches as well. That’s all you’ll get out of me. In her tenure as HB editor, Anita Silvey limited herself to saying “they aren’t too long,”...
      

Lighting the Candle: Labyrinth

I came to the U.S. when I was a teenager. As I spent more time away from Mexico, where I grew up, I began to feel a little lost. I missed the food, the music, and the traditions. One of my high school teachers noticed this and loaned me a...
      

Review of Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth

Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth by Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-4197-4677-2    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-154-4    $15.29 The Feathered Serpent, known as ­Quetzalcóatl among Nahuatl-speaking peoples, is a principal figure in ­Mesoamerican cosmology and often features in...
      

Review of Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War

Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War by Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    40 pp. 9/19    978-1-4197-3682-7    $18.99 Growing up Mexican American in Texas at the turn of the twentieth century meant racism and discrimination to José de la Luz Sáenz:...
      

Duncan Tonatiuh Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here.   Sponsored by ABRAMS You can spot a picture book by Duncan Tonatiuh from quite a distance, but it's not just his pictures that stand out. Take a look at his unusual...
      

Review of Undocumented: A Worker's Fight

Undocumented: A Worker’s Fightby Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Abrams ComicArts    24 pp. 8/18    978-1-4197-2854-9   $19.99 “You don’t know our names but you’ve seen us.” The accompanying illustration is of Juan, an undocumented immigrant, with one hand raised in a fist and the other holding a megaphone from which...
      

Undocumented

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Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh follows a fictional man named Juan who emigrates from Mexico to the United States. As an undocumented restaurant worker, he is terribly exploited; a waitress, herself an immigrant from China, recruits Juan to help organize their colleagues, and they courageously file a legal...
      

Review of Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México

Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de Méxicoby Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Abrams    32 pp.8/17    978-1-4197-2532-6    $18.95e-book ed.  978-1-68335-110-8    $15.54Tonatiuh (Separate Is Never Equal, rev. 7/14; Funny Bones, rev. 11/15) tells the story of Amalia Hernández (1917–2000), founder of Mexico’s most famous dance company, El Ballet...
      

Review of The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes

The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoesby Duncan Tonatiuh; 
illus. by the authorPrimary    Abrams    40 pp.10/16    978-1-4197-2130-4    $16.95After a string of award-winning picture-book biographies (Separate Is Never Equal, rev. 7/14; Funny Bones, rev. 11/15), Tonatiuh turns to folklore for this adapted pourquoi story that explains the origins...
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