P Is For Pinata: A Mexico Alphabet: A Mexico Alphabet

by Tony Johnston
Illustrator John Parra

Cherry Lake Publishing | September 23, 2008 | Hardcover

P Is For Pinata: A Mexico Alphabet: A Mexico Alphabet is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
The country of Mexico has long been a popular travel destination. But there''s much more to enjoy and appreciate than just sunshine and warm temperatures when exploring this region with its ancient history and proud traditions. Enjoy an A-Z tour of our neighbor to the south in P is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet. Young readers can visit the tomb of a Mayan king, experience the life of the vaquero (Mexican cowboy), attend the world-famous Ballet Folklórico de Mèxico, and sample the everyday treat that was once known as the "food of the gods." From folk art to famous people to the original "hot dog," the treasures of Mexico are revealed in P is for Piñata. Vibrant artwork perfectly captures the flavor, texture, and spirit of its landscape and culture.To find recipes, games, interactives maps and much more for this title visit www.discovertheworldbooks.com! Tony Johnston''s love for Mexico started when her husband''s job took them to Mexico City; they then lived there for fifteen years. While in Mexico, Tony wrote in Spanish and had several stories commissioned by the Mexican government. She has published more than 70 books for children and lives in San Marino, California. Award-winning illustrator and designer John (Juanito) Parra studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His clients include United Airlines, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, PBS, and the L.A. Weekly. John''s first children''s book was My Name is Gabriela, about the life of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Gabriela Mistral. He lives in New York City.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 40 pages, 10 × 11 × 0.6 in

Published: September 23, 2008

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1585361445

ISBN - 13: 9781585361441

Appropriate for ages: Baby - 2

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The colourful tapestry that is Mexico With National Hispanic Heritage month drawing to a close on October 15th, it’s still not too late to round up the kids, and head down to the local public library in search of some books that explore the strong influence the United State’s southern neighbour Mexico has contributed to American culture. Studying Mexico itself provides a wealth of understanding, and P is for Pinata: A Mexico Alphabet is a respectful and authentic picture book for beginning the journey of exploration with elementary age children. As part of Sleeping Bear Press’ Discover the World series of alphabet books, each letter of the alphabet is given either a two-page spread, or single page, and dedicated to an aspect of Mexican culture, geography, history, art, food, etc. A simple two to four line poem draws young readers into the subject matter and builds interest for the fact-filled sidebar text. Truly picture books to grow by, preschoolers will enjoy browsing through the pictures and having the poetry read to them, while six-year-olds will sometimes want the sidebar text read aloud if the topic captures their interest, while 10-year-olds (and on up to adults) will pore through the work in it’s entirety, gleaning a diverse yet cohesive view of Mexico. Author Tony Johnston pulls from her 15 years of living in Mexico to draw readers into a fascinating array of topics that bring Mexico to life. Johnston’s poetry is not as strong as some of the other authors I’ve read in the Discover the World series. Some of the rhymes are awkward, others lyrical free-style; the real heart of her work is found in the sidebar text. She regales us with the escuincle – an ancient Mexican “hot-dog”, used in the past as a personal body cleaner, foot-warmer, and as food, an ancient game resembling hacky-sack, and a 15th century “Renaissance Man” named Netzahualcoyotl, or Fasting Coyote (get your tongue warmed-up, there are some doozies here for pronunciation!). Taken together, this sampling of Mexico creates a vibrant, and diverse tapestry that matches the subdued brilliance of John Parra’s illustrations. Raised in Southern California in an environment rich in Hispanic roots, Parra’s work evokes images of Mexican folk-art, architecture, and murals. A vast palette of muted, rich terra cotta, brick red, ochre, avocado green, cerulean blues, pinks, and greys bring life to the world Johnston describes in her text. Without his strongly regional artwork, Parra ‘makes’ P is for Pinata; without him it would surely be a lesser work. Appealing to a wide range of age groups, and introducing a solid selection of cultural tidbits, historical figures, culture-shapers, I’d be hard-pressed to name a picture book better suited as a general Mexican primer. Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
Date published: 2009-10-13

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P Is For Pinata: A Mexico Alphabet: A Mexico Alphabet

by Tony Johnston
Illustrator John Parra

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 40 pages, 10 × 11 × 0.6 in

Published: September 23, 2008

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1585361445

ISBN - 13: 9781585361441

About the Book

The country of Mexico has long been a popular travel destination. But there's much more to enjoy and appreciate than just sunshine and warm temperatures when exploring this region with its ancient history and proud traditions. Enjoy an A-Z tour of our neighbor to the south in P is for Pinata: A Mexico Alphabet. Young readers can visit the tomb of a Mayan king, experience the life of the vaquero (Mexican cowboy), attend the world-famous Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, and sample the everyday treat that was once known as the "food of the gods." From folk art to famous people to the original "hot dog," the treasures of Mexico are revealed in P is for Pinata. Vibrant artwork perfectly captures the flavor, texture, and spirit of its landscape and culture.

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The country of Mexico has long been a popular travel destination. But there''s much more to enjoy and appreciate than just sunshine and warm temperatures when exploring this region with its ancient history and proud traditions. Enjoy an A-Z tour of our neighbor to the south in P is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet. Young readers can visit the tomb of a Mayan king, experience the life of the vaquero (Mexican cowboy), attend the world-famous Ballet Folklórico de Mèxico, and sample the everyday treat that was once known as the food of the gods.

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The country of Mexico has long been a popular travel destination. But there''s much more to enjoy and appreciate than just sunshine and warm temperatures when exploring this region with its ancient history and proud traditions. Enjoy an A-Z tour of our neighbor to the south in P is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet. Young readers can visit the tomb of a Mayan king, experience the life of the vaquero (Mexican cowboy), attend the world-famous Ballet Folklórico de Mèxico, and sample the everyday treat that was once known as the "food of the gods." From folk art to famous people to the original "hot dog," the treasures of Mexico are revealed in P is for Piñata. Vibrant artwork perfectly captures the flavor, texture, and spirit of its landscape and culture.To find recipes, games, interactives maps and much more for this title visit www.discovertheworldbooks.com! Tony Johnston''s love for Mexico started when her husband''s job took them to Mexico City; they then lived there for fifteen years. While in Mexico, Tony wrote in Spanish and had several stories commissioned by the Mexican government. She has published more than 70 books for children and lives in San Marino, California. Award-winning illustrator and designer John (Juanito) Parra studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His clients include United Airlines, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, PBS, and the L.A. Weekly. John''s first children''s book was My Name is Gabriela, about the life of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Gabriela Mistral. He lives in New York City.

About the Author

Tony Johnston was born January 30, 1942, in Los Angeles, CA. After attending Stanford University where she earned a B.A. in History and an M.A in Education, she became a fourth-grade teacher. She has written over seventy books for children. Her titles include Amber on the Mountain, the Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea, Day of the Dead, the Ghost of Nicholas Greebe, the Sparky and Eddie series, and the Adventures of Mole and Troll. Her first adult novel was Any Small Goodness. Her works have earned her several awards including a Children's Choice Award for Four Scary Stories and the Beatty Award in 2002 for Any Small Goodness.

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