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*Tortillas and Lullabies/Tortillas y cancioncitas* by Lynn Reiser, illutrated by Valientes Corazones

Also by Lynn Reiser:

Play Ball with Me!

Margaret & Margarita


Tortillas and Lullabies/Tortillas y cancioncitas
by Lynn Reiser, illustrated by Valientes Corazones
Baby-preschool 48 pages Rayo April 1998 Hardcover    

The language of love is passed from one generation to another. This author writes with ease of the deeds performed by one generation after another, tending to the needs of the younger, passing along ritual and tradition from one branch of family to the next.

Beginning with great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and daughter, no matter what the effort (making tortillas, gathering flowers, washing dresses, singing lullabies): “Each time it was the same, but different.”

Along with the simple, yet profound bilingual text, the artwork is striking, memorable for its vivid color and imagination, all the images from a group of artists, the “Corazones Valientes” (“Valiant Hearts”), six women from nineteen to forty-two who first showed their exhibit of art in a Puerto Rican farming village from 1989-1992.

The combination of the striking artwork and the generational concept is beautifully rendered, making this an oversized gem not to be missed, either for teaching a youngster the nature of familial love or for those adults who are never too old to appreciate the uncompromising beauty of gifted artists in support of a universal theme.

An elegant, stunning picture book with bilingual text, this tale is for young and old alike.

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