Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English

authors: Alma Flor Ada and Rosalma Zubizarreta
illustrator: Simón Silva
HarperCollins, 1997
preschool-grade 5 
Mexican American

In this beautiful bilingual homage to César Chávez and the agricultural workers he led, Ada and Zubizarreta have matched each letter in the alphabet with a word or concept in Spanish (a is for árboles, g is for grácias) and a poem in both Spanish and English about some facet in the lives of the workers and their families. The brilliantly colored, vibrant gouache illustrations by Simón Silva reminds me of the murals of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. Both hablantes and English-speakers will appreciate knowing where our food comes from. Highly recommended.

—Beverly Slapin
(published 4/6/13)

1 comment:

  1. In the world of so many blogs I still can't believe I had missed this one, with such powerful content. Once I accidentally found it I have been delighted to find some of my books here. Thanks for recommending Gathering the Sun. This book has indeed --thanks to the striking art of Simon Silva and the amazing music Suni Paz created for the poems-- fulfill my desire of making many children proud of their origin and many others participate in the celebration of the valuable contributions of campesinos.


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