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Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart (Pura Belpre Medal Book Illustrator (Awards)) Hardcover – October 11, 2005
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If a person grows large plants by singing to them, then shouldn't the same logic apply to babies? Sure enough, when Dona Flor's mother sang to her little girl, that same babe grew and grew and grew. Our first image is of Flor washing her face with the snow of a nearby mountain. Able to speak to animals of every kind, she may have been considered different from the other kids but when it came to getting to school on time there was no one better to catch a ride on. When she was grown up she allowed everyone in her home, whether animal or person. One day the villagers are scared out of their wits by the deafening roar of a mountain lion. When the wind starts making a fuss as well Flor gets him under control with a big old hug. Finally, Flor finds the source of the giant cat's cries. Seems a puma has set up a somewhat clever hollow log device that blasts its voice over the countryside. Flor befriends the little kitty (little to her) then she and all her animal friends settle in for the night on some comfy fluffy clouds.
It takes one or two reads of the book to really get a feel for Mora's style of writing.Read more ›
When I look at Colón’s illustrations, the etchings remind me of fingerprints. The loops, the arches, the whorls, and all the lines that we might associate with fingerprints are visible in Colón’s illustrations. I am not familiar with techniques or the technicalities of etching and in saying that the illustrations remind me of fingerprints I do not mean to devalue the art in any way. My favorite illustration in this story is of Doña Flor using her thumb to carve out a riverbed in the village. Doña Flor is in a squatting position with her white skirt covering her thighs, and she has used her thumb to make a squiggly path for the water while the villagers look on. The riverbed has the details I associated with the fingerprints which, in this case, could be Doña Flor’s own prints.
Colón’s illustrations are beautiful, colorful, and magical. That I saw fingerprints when I looked closely at his illustrations speaks to the uniqueness of his art. While Doña Flor wears a blue shirt in most of the illustrations sometimes the shirt looks like it is embroidered and sometimes it looks like a plain T-shirt.Read more ›
Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart (ages 6-8) is a “tall tale” that uses a series of hyperboles to create an exaggerated and fantastical story. Doña Flor is a beloved member of her community, assisting all her friends and neighbors in any way she can. She carries the children on her back when they’re late to school; she makes giant-sized tortillas for everyone to eat, and always functions as a conciliatory, amiable force amongst the village people. And, finally, when a little mountain lion frightens the village by roaring into a hollowed out log, the fearless Doña Flor finds the cat, makes him purr and smile instead of roar and menace, and ultimately teaches him how to get along with the other village animals and people.
Doña Flor’s character functions as the town’s matriarch, but also as the land’s goddess, reminiscent of the character of the Hungry Goddess in my previous post on women in Mexican folktale. Doña Flor creates a river with the swift stroke of her large finger, hugs and comforts the agitated and personified wind, and sustains life and peace amongst the community’s diverse inhabitants.Read more ›
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In this story a girl named Dona Flor who became a giant. She makes herself a home in a village somewhere in mexico where she helps all the people. Read morePublished 16 months ago by toki8th grader
Beautifully illustrated with an encouraging storyline.Published 22 months ago by Frances A. Soboeiro
"Dona Flor" may well be Raul Colon's "masterpiece." It's a beautiful, benevolent tall tale--- ( and one that long-time and budding feminists will surely love). Read morePublished 23 months ago by Caroline Trippe
Having recently seen an exhibit of Raul Colon's illustrative art, I was curious about the stories that accompanied them. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by pageturner58
I found this book pretty random and odd. Some parts of the story were cute, and the illustrations were nice but overall i didn't see a point to the story line. Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by SamAnn