Confetti: Poems for Children Confeti:Poemas Para Ninos
  • 2004 Arizona Governor’s Book Award
  • 1996 Notable Books for a Global Society  from the International Reading  Association
  • 1996 CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children’s Book Center)
  • 1996 Américas Commended List

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Confetti: Poems for Children
Lee & Low Books, illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez
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Confeti: Poemas para Niños

In this joyful and spirited collection, award-winning poet Pat Mora and fine artist Enrique O. Sanchez celebrate the vivid landscape of the Southwest and the delightful rapport that children share with the natural world.

Through language that resounds with the harmony of both English and Spanish, Confetti is also an anthem to the power of a child’s imagination and pride. It's a treasury to be shared with children everywhere.

I say yo soy libre
I am free
free, free,
free as confetti.

Highlighted Reviews
"Confeti: Poemas Para Niños is a collection of poems for children. The poems explore the world and imagination of a Mexican-American girl living in the Southwestern United States. Many of the poems are about nature. As seen in the cover, the illustrations are captivating, reflect the many colorful aspects of a child's imagination, and beautifully depict nature. The poems and illustrations in this book display the connections between the girl's perception of nature and the world around her. While some poems rhyme, most do not. There is a great deal of imaginative personification, which makes it fun and easy for children to use their own imagination. The poems, which include repeated lines, are easy for children to read and comprehend. Illustrations of brilliant color and design make the collection fun. This is a wonderful collection of poems for children."—Oneota Reading Journal
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"Children will delight in the imagery and rhythm of these 13 lively, evocative poems."—"CCBC Choices 1996,"Cooperative Children’s Book Center

"This collection of poems is as much fun to look at as it is to read...A good choice for choral reading or for reading aloud."—Booklist

"Narrative poems in free verse capture the rhythms and uniqueness of the Southwest and its culture as seen through the eyes of a Mexican-American girl. … A welcome addition."—School Library Journal

"This collection of poems which vibrantly reflects the Mexican American culture in the Southwest, appeals to the child in all of us. The lively rhythms, interspersed with Spanish words, depict the treasures of a child’s life in the Southwest … Recommended for all children’s collections."— Review of Texas Books

"Mora’s poems reflect vividly the Mexican-American culture and life in the desert Southwest. … Pat Mora can evoke the desert and its features and creatures better than any other poet."—Mary Sarber, El Paso Herald Post

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