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Elena's Serenade (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) Hardcover – March 1, 2004
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A lovely story penned by Campbell Geeslin, with lyrical acrylic and crayon art by the illustrator of Jonah Winter's Frida, Ana Juan. Readers will revel in the whole experience--words, pictures, message, and all. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
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My daughter Ailia (age 4) enjoys the story, illustrations and wonderful colors in this book.
It is a fairly quick read, but not too short, a great one for bedtime.
and for us glassblowers... it simply warms the heart,
Edward T. Schmid
author of "Beginning Glassblowing" and "Advanced Glassworking Techniques"-(also available through Amazon.com or at: glassmtn.com)
Young Elena leaves her home to embark on a magical journey to Monterrey, Mexico in order to follow her dream of learning the art of glassblowing. Later, she returns home to her father, who had refused to teach her his trade because no one had ever "heard of a girl glassblower." This story celebrates Elena's uniqueness as an artist and a person, as well as the importance of pursuing a dream.
With acrylic and crayons, Juan has created luminous paintings with an expressionistic, folk-art quality and a palette of desert colors. Juan's use of light is particularly noteworthy, especially in the illustrations depicting glassblowing. The rounded figure of Elena and her expressive facial features make her an attractive character. The colors, movement, and details of each painting invite one to linger over every page.
In selecting this book for the Award, the Read Aloud Committee noted the lyrical quality of the text, as well as children's special appreciation of the illustrations. In addition, children were interested in the conflict between Elena and her father and also enjoyed the sprinkling of Spanish words. Readers found the Spanish-English Glossary in the front of the book helpful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
gift for a favorite 4 year old who loved it above the others I sent!Published 3 months ago by Carla Niles
This book has a wonderful message, and the writing is beautiful. It feels very musical in a way, which fits right in with the plot. I bought it for my 5- and 2-year-old. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kate B
I bought this book as it was listed as one of the girls empowering books on A Mighty Girl Facebook page. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Adina
Elena's father scoffs at her desire to follow in his glassblowing footsteps, because she's a girl. She's not willing to take no for an answer. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Skye Kilaen
Beautiful story and illustrations. The book size was much larger than I expected, in a good way. Can't wait to read it to my niecesPublished 19 months ago by D. E. Mendoza
My 4 year old loves this book. We've read it a hundred times now and she has really been inspired by the idea that it's crazy to say that a girl can't do something. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Julia
My daughter read this boom for her mighty girl book club. We both enjoyed this book as did the rest of her boom club.Published on December 7, 2013 by Jennifer M. Shelstad