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Module 5: Book Review

A Book of Poetry for children/YA by a Poet of Color Published Since 1995.

Mora, Pat. 2001. LOVE TO MAMA: A TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS. Illustrated by: Paula S. Barragan M. New York: Lee and Low Books Inc. ISBN: 1584300191.
 
 
 
This is a beautiful collection of poems written by thirteen Latino/Latina poets celebrating mothers and grandmothers in both English and Spanish.. The poets inlcude award winning poets,  as well as a new and talented fifteen year old.  Each of the poets have written passionately about the love and influence of their own mothers, grandmothers, and aunts.  School Library Journal states that, "While cultural heritage provides a fundamental context, the universality of emotions expressed makes this a book with broad applicability and appeal."  The poems vary in style and voice, but each of them strive to create a  nostalgic, sentimental, heartbreaking, or humorous mood.  The poem, "I Helped My Mom Not to Be Late for Work" is sure to evoke an abundance of sentimental feelings as one reads it.  ...But Mom couldn't say goodbye/to me and held me tightly in her arms/kissing me in front of everyone./I thought she was the only mother doing that...I told her that I was in the first grade already,/strong like her and all grown up,/and then I dried the tears from her eyes,/opened my arms and let my mommy go.  The illustrations by Paula S. Barragan M. are computer-enhanced images of cut-paper collage with thick black outlines that truly capture each poems spirit.  Included in the book are short biographies about each of the poets and a glossary of Spanish terms to aid the English speaking reader.  Pat Mora has compiled an excellent collection of poems that represent many different Latino voices and beautifully celebrate mothers, grandmothers, and aunts.
 
 
 

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