Coming July 10, 2018
Lee & Low Books, illustrated by Raúl Colón
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Whether we are collecting words, reading favorite books in the library, celebrating holidays, writing poems, sharing secrets, or singing a jazzy duet, words and books can take us on wonderful adventures and bring us joy. Poet Pat Mora has brought together a collection of her poems that celebrates engaging with words and books in all these ways and more. Vivid illustrations by Raúl Colón bring the poems to life and interpret the magic of the language with captivating images in a style influenced by Mexican muralists. Together the poems and illustrations are sure to inspire creative wordplay in readers of all ages.
We can read, you and I,
see letters become words,
and words become books...
You and I read, round and round,
bookjoy around the world.
"In this collection of loosely themed poems, including some previously published selections, Mora expresses her full-on love of language and everything it can create--from libraries full of books (“We belong together,/ books and me/ like toast and jelly/ o queso y tortillas”) to wonderful mouthfeels and sounds (“I collect words...that have a brown scent, cinnamon,/ that sweetly stretch, car-a-mel”). A few of the poems branch out into tributes to nature or family; in Antelope Canyon, she writes of “dark crevices echoing water’s roar/ for millions of years.” Mora works mostly in tightly phrased free verse, save for one acrostic poem, and some selections blend Spanish and English in literal ways (“Slide into a river of music,/ Resbala a un rio de musica”). Her openhearted enthusiasm and sense of wonder is always evident and inviting, and there’s plenty of “you go, young poet” encouragement woven throughout the verses. The fanciful, poster-like images by Colón, inspired by the radiant color work of Rufino Tamayo, match the verses’ earnestness and joy."—Publishers Weekly