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I Know the River Loves Me/Yo se que el rio me ama Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Book Press; Bilingual edition (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892392339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892392339
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,899,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–This lovely picture book is about a girl's symbiotic relationship with a beloved river. It is always there for her, providing sanctuary, beauty, and a fun place to play. Likewise, the child takes care to help preserve it. Although pollution is never mentioned, readers see her gathering empty bottles, papers, and wrappers in her backpack to take away with her. As the seasons change, so do the youngster and the river. Gonzalez's illustrations portray a girl drawn in charcoal, which contrasts with the swirling brushstrokes of bright color inks of the river, the trees, the clouds, and the environs. On most pages the text appears in English with the Spanish text printed directly below. Occasionally, however, the words merge with the art like a concrete poem. Although the story is bilingual, the author's note at the end is in English only.–Rebecca Hickman, Sherman Library at NSU, Fort Lauderdale, FL END

More About the Author

As a young person, Maya Christina Gonzalez grew up under the hot pink sunsets of the Mojave Desert. It was in the brilliant hot pinks of the sunset that she finally found her reflection in her environment. At a very young age Maya understood the importance of seeing one's self reflected in one's world. When working with children, she often recalls her favorite page of any book as a child: those empty pages at the back. It was there that she used to draw in her round, Chicana face!

She has now created art for upwards of 20 award-winning, multicultural children's books. The first book she ever wrote, My Colors, My World was given the Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Award.

What reviews are saying:

Animals of the Iquazu by Francisco Alarcon and illustrated by Maya

"The simple words--often playfully integrated into the illustrations as shaped poems--stress the natural balance of the Iguazú... The multimedia illustrations feature lush, glowing paints that depict the animals (including humans) set against a backdrop of cut-paper strips that comprise the rainforest's verdant growth. Stunning." --Kirkus Starred Review

My Colors, My World by Maya

"The exaggerated facial features of both Maya and her feathered friend capture the contentment they find through enjoying the beauty of their world . . . Recommended for public libraries and bookstores." --Criticas Magazine

I Know the River Loves Me by Maya

"The author's love and respect for the natural beauty and rhythm of the river and how it sustains her through quiet and vibrant moods is vividly portrayed in both her words and paintings. . . Inspiring and peacefully thought-provoking." --Kirkus Reviews

Nana's Big Surprise by Amada Irma Perez and illustrated by Maya

"...fantastically engaging... a treasure hunt for found objects... a wonderful book about the love and support of a family. " --ForeWord

Maya currently plays and plays in San Francisco. She wants to share the important lessons she has learned from her only and deeply loved teacher Creativity. In this spirit she has created a small press to share her lessons to support educators, fellow artists and especially children.

She loves to share her 3 rules:

1. Everyone is an artist.

2. There is never a right or a wrong way to make art.

3. Art is always an act of courage.

To learn more about her curriculum, philosophies and much more...please feel free to visit her here: www.reflectionpress.com

To see prints from her children's books...please visit her here:
mayachristinaprints.etsy.com

And to see more about her fine art and her work in the Contemporary Chicano/a Art Movement...feel free to go here: www.mayagonzalez.com

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The illustrations for this book are captivating for my one year old. Fish, frog, water, plant, and girl are all basic things that he can understand. The writing is very simple, yet conveys a sincere appreciation for nature and the peace that being in nature brings. We haven't tried the Spanish yet, but that will be an interesting twist sometime down the road.
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By Angela Turner on July 29, 2013
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I liked the story. As a person who loves nature and being a part of it I thought it did a good job of capturing that feeling. I like how it had English and Spanish on each page. The illustrations are captivating but not a style I particularly like. I think it would be attractive to students up through 4th-5th grade.
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