CM . . .
. Volume IX Number 9 . . . . January 3, 2003
Messengers of Rain and Other Poems From
M. Lee (Ed.). Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng. Translated by
Andrew C. Leone, Sue Oringel, David Unger & Beatriz Zeller.
Toronto, ON: Groundwood, 2002.
80 pp., cloth, $19.95.
Children’s Poetry, Spanish.
Spanish poetry-21st century.
4-8 / Ages 9-13.
by Christina Pike.
The watercolor case,
The sky, the sun,
The way home,
The cloud that comes and goes,
Claudia M. Lee has put together a collection of poems written by Latin
American poets, some who are established writers and others that are
new. Based around four themes: “Traditional Songs and Cooings,”
“The Cricket Sings in the mountain, the tortoise in the sea,
they have sung for many years, how much longer will they sing?”
“Magic Recipes,” and “Words and books can build
sand castles and towers of salt,” the book gives its young reader
a glimpse into the culture and traditions of Latin America. Its poems
range from very simple observations to a deeper questioning.
illustrations are exquisite and attempt to represent the themes within
the section. Similar to the pieces, they are also geared towards the
intended younger audience.
a whole, the book is enjoyable to read. The selections are also varied
so that there is something that will appeal to everyone. Since the
poems are translations, the only concern is that some of the beauty
of the pieces, specifically the oral, may have been lost.
a glimpse into another culture and to gain an appreciation of a different
perspective, this collection is a worthy choice.
Pike is a Learning Resource and English teacher at Ascension Collegiate
in Bay Roberts, NF.
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