________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 9 . . . . January 3, 2003

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Messengers of Rain and Other Poems From Latin America.

Claudia 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.
ISBN 0-88899-470-2.

Subject Headings:
Children’s Poetry, Spanish.
Spanish poetry-21st century.

Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-13.

Review by Christina Pike.

*** /4

excerpt:

Watercolor
Clarisa Ruiz
Colombia

Trapped inside
The watercolor case,
The sky, the sun,
Trees,
Roses,
The way home,
The cloud that comes and goes,
The rainbow.


As editor, 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.

internal art

     The 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.

     As 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.

     For a glimpse into another culture and to gain an appreciation of a different perspective, this collection is a worthy choice.

Recommended.

Christina Pike is a Learning Resource and English teacher at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, NF.

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