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A bilingual anthology of 102 poems and stories features the work of sixty-four Mexican writers and artists, among them Octavio Paz, Rodolfo Morales, Rosario Castellanos, Homero Aridjis, and Leticia Tarrago....

Title : The Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems & Stories from Mexico with Paintings by Mexican Artists
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ISBN : 9780689802973
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 111 Pages
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The Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems & Stories from Mexico with Paintings by Mexican Artists Reviews

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-14 07:15

    Overwhelming to borrow from the library; a book to own. Yes I read every page, but there's no way that I could appreciate all the riches, all the beauty, all the passion. Some poems accessible to young children, some just a beautiful flow of images for most of us, some full of metaphor for students and scholars. All evoke something intensely meaningful, though, even for me, and I have no heritage or knowledge relevant to Mexican culture, haven't even been there. Sorry, I won't be quoting and verses; I really do want you to investigate this for yourself. A sample would be misleading, anyway, because there is such diversity offered.

  • Phil Jensen
    2019-04-11 02:01

    Nye's anthology is so good that it's unfair to other poetry anthologies. The formula seems simple: skim the cream from 100 years of Mexican writing, choose images that will appeal to all ages, place Spanish and English text side by side, and finish with beautiful, thought-provoking artwork. You can't throw a brick in this book without hitting a classic image or turn of phrase. Here's a random sample:The Day That LeftThe day that leftechoes in thingsthe day that sanglight through their mouthsbeggar of golddark nowlike a wounded lionbleeding on the horizonit kneelson the ash-trees and dustHomero Aridjis

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-23 06:10

    A marvelous collection with enough variety for almost anyone to find something to enjoy.In addition to the fine art in a variety of styles, the book has short and long poetry. Was hard to choose a favorite but one I really liked wasThe Poet PencilOnce upon a time a pencil wanted to writepoetry but it didn't have a point. One day a boy put in into the sharpener, and in place of a point, a river appeared. (by Jesus Carlos Soto Morfin/translated by Judity Infante)Includes wonderful folktales like Fire and the Opossum (why the Opossum's tail is hairless), the Toad and the Buzzard (why toad's legs are squashed), and The Rabbit's Ears (why the rabbit has such large ears). Excellent resource.

  • Rll595ag_fabiolaginski
    2019-04-16 02:03

    This is one of my favorite bilingual (English/Spanish) poetry books. I found the English translation which appears alongside the Spanish, to be very well done and helping to convey the imagery and the rhythms of the original poems. The poems include selections from renowned writers such as Rosario Castellanos and Octavio Paz, but also old Mayan stories and Mexican folk tales. The illustrations of paintings by Mexican artists beautifully complement the text. It simply does not get any more authentic than this!

  • Robert Sharrock
    2019-04-04 05:00

    This is a great poetry book. With the rise of Latino students in the U.S., this is a great book for any teacher to have. I love how the poems were translated into English. This will help teachers show students the deepness of these poems without worrying about a language barrier. I love the images that are painted (pencils that turn into rivers and sweaters made of wrinkles). This is definitely a book that should be owned.

  • Erin
    2019-04-06 08:11

    This book is filled with strange happenings - pencils that turn into rivers, sweaters made of wrinkles, sea horse gardens, invisible places in the computers. These poems and stories often blur the line between the earthly world and the world beyond. Some are fun, some are sad, all are trying to tell some truth with a song. It's complemented nicely with paintings by Mexican artists, that are as beautifully unusual as the poems themselves.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-09 05:07

    Loved this collection of bilingual poems and stories from Mexico. Nye did an admirable job choosing pieces that can be read and enjoyed by both kids and adults, from all cultures. Would be a great book to include in a classroom library.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-15 00:10

    Really enjoyed reading some of these poems out loud with kids.The Poet Pencil by Jesus Carlos Soto Morfin:Once upon a time a pencil wanted to writepoetry, but it didn't have a point. One day a boyput it into the sharpener, and in place of a point,a river appeared.I also so enjoyed, "Lemon Tree" by Jennifer Clement and LOVED "Mothers with a Baby" by Guadalupe Morfin

  • Kacie
    2019-04-07 04:18

    Why this book? A collection of Spanish poems and stories, told in both the original Spanish and translated English, this book will to the poetry section of the library as well as the Spanish language literature section that is written by Spanish authors.Genre: Poetry CollectionsTheme/Keywords: Poetry, tradition, legendCharacteristics of quality: The poems in this collection use word play and vivid imagery to imagine and explore new elements of the world. Many of the poems feature a number of sensory descriptors that will draw children in and encourage their imaginationSpecial Features: Works include sixty-four great Mexican writers and painters including Rosario Castellanos, Alberta Blanco, Octavio Paz, and Julio Galan and topics explore everything from a table set for supper to a peach tree to a legend of rabbit's long ears.Gender of primary character: A variety of characters, both animals and peopleRace/ethnicity of primary character: MexicanCultural considerations: Mexican traditions, ideas, cultural influences, settings and scenes Language considerations: Written in Spanish and translated to English Open Ended Question: For Lemon Tree: What stories might be in the branches of the tree? Who do you think may have climbed the tree before you?

  • Lee Ann
    2019-03-27 02:52

    This is a nice collection of poems and folktales (written in free verse form) from Mexico, with Mexican artwork scattered throughout. It's a great tool for those learning either English or Spanish, as most of the poems (except for three or four from some more traditional languages of Mexico) appear in both languages. It's a neat little celebration of Mexican culture, and the artwork is beautiful.My favorite poem was probably Enchantment by Alberto Forcada and translated by Judith Infante:"The trees are birds bewitched.They can't lift their feet from the ground.Again and again they beat their wingsfuriously, pluck at their feathers, weep.How can I break this spell?What words should I say?How many times must I kiss them?"Overall, 3/5 stars.

  • Antoinette
    2019-04-14 02:59

    The Tree is Older Than You Are by Naomi Shihab Nye is a great culture-related book about Mexico. It offers Spanish and English versions as well as has illustrations of actual mexican paintings. In the book, there are traditional stories along with short poems by Mexican poets. It is a neat book that shares the culture of Mexico with the reader.

  • jennifer
    2019-03-26 08:18

    confession: i bought this used at molly's the other day when i was picking up some used children's books for my cousin's kids and i actually um think i bought it for whenever i have children, just to have it. <3

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  • Sidra
    2019-04-23 01:00

    Incredible book of poems and art. I loved it and want a copy for myself.

  • Barbara Lovejoy
    2019-03-30 07:08

    This is such a BEAUTIFUL book! Not only are the poems and stories wonderful but so is the artwork. I had read this book before but it is one that needs to be read again and again.

  • Constance
    2019-04-15 01:50

    What an excellent collection of poems! The only disappointment was the poet blurbs were not side by side to their imaginative works as opposed to listed in the back pages.

  • Fabiola Sandoval
    2019-04-23 08:16

    beautiful poem(a)s by Mexican poets, in Spanish and its English translation. Great read for children.