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Title:
Angels ride bikes and other fall poems
Other title(s):
Angeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño
ISBN:
9780892391608

9780892391981
Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Children's Bk. Press, ©1999.
Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
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Summary:
A bilingual collection of poems in which the renowned Mexican American poet revisits and celebrates his childhood memories of fall in the city and growing up in Los Angeles.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades K-4 3 0.5 Quiz 50147 Spanish fiction.
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Summary

Llegar a analizar poesía requiere de una serie de capacidades lingüísticas profundas y desarrolladas... Llegara a disfrutar de la poesía, sin embargo, sólo requiere de una sola cosa: buena poesía. La poesía para niños es, a todas luces, la más difícil de todas ya que es muy fácil caer en lo común, lo insulso o incluso en lo tonto; creyendo que si es infantil no requiere tanto trabajo creativo, ni maestría en la composición. Nada más lejano a la realidad, y para demostrarlo existen libros como este, en donde se nos invita a celebrar la ciudad de Los Ángeles, a través de poemas alegres e imágenes radiantes que nos acercan al primer día de clases, los sueños, la familia, la amistad y mucho más. Construidas para niños de entre 6 y 9 años, todos podrán disfrutar esta impresión bilingüe.


Summary

Following the success of their award-winning book of spring poems, Laughing Tomatoes, and their acclaimed collection of summer poems, From the Bellybutton of the Moon, poet Francisco Alarc#65533;n and artist Maya Christina Gonzalez invite us to experience fall in Los Angeles-the City of Angels-where dreams can come true.

In the poet's whimsical imagination, mariachis play like angels, angels ride bikes, and the earth dances the cha-cha-ch#65533;. Alarc#65533;n celebrates the simple joys and trials of everyday life: a visit to the outdoor market, the arrival of the ice cream vendor, the first day of school. He honors his family and pays tribute to his mother, who taught him that with hard work and education he could realize his dreams.

Maya Christina Gonzalez's spirited images perfectly complement each poem, bringing to life the people and places in Alarc#65533;n's childhood.


Author Notes

Francisco X. Alarcón was born in Los Angeles, California on February 21, 1954. He grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico. He received an undergraduate degree from California State University at Long Beach and a MA from Stanford University. He was the author of 14 collections of poetry for both children and adults.

His collections of poetry for adults include Body in Flames/Cuerpo en Llamas; De Amor Oscuro/Of Dark Love; From the Other Side of Night/Del Otro Lado de la Noche: New and Selected Poems; Ce Uno One: Poemas para el Nuevo Sol/Poems for the New Sun; Borderless Butterflies: Earth Haikus and Other Poems/Mariposas sin Fronteras: Haikus Terrenales y Otros Poemas; and Canto Hondo/Deep Song. Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation won the American Book Award. He also received the 1984 Chicano Literary Prize, the 1993 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and a Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association in 2002.

His collections of poetry for children include Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems/Los Angeles Andan en Bicicleta y Otros Poemas de Otoño and Iguana in the Snow and Other Winter Poems/Iguanas en la Nieve y Otros Poemas de Invierno. Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems/Jitomates Risuenos y Otros Poemas de Primavera won the National Parenting Publications Gold Award and From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otros Poemas de Verano won the American Library Association's Pura Belpré Honor Award for Latino Literature.

He served as director of the Spanish for Native Speakers Program at the University of California at Davis, and taught for the Art of the Wild workshop and the California Poets in the Schools program. He died of cancer on January 15, 2016 at the age of 61.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Francisco X. Alarcón was born in Los Angeles, California on February 21, 1954. He grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico. He received an undergraduate degree from California State University at Long Beach and a MA from Stanford University. He was the author of 14 collections of poetry for both children and adults.

His collections of poetry for adults include Body in Flames/Cuerpo en Llamas; De Amor Oscuro/Of Dark Love; From the Other Side of Night/Del Otro Lado de la Noche: New and Selected Poems; Ce Uno One: Poemas para el Nuevo Sol/Poems for the New Sun; Borderless Butterflies: Earth Haikus and Other Poems/Mariposas sin Fronteras: Haikus Terrenales y Otros Poemas; and Canto Hondo/Deep Song. Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation won the American Book Award. He also received the 1984 Chicano Literary Prize, the 1993 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and a Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association in 2002.

His collections of poetry for children include Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems/Los Angeles Andan en Bicicleta y Otros Poemas de Otoño and Iguana in the Snow and Other Winter Poems/Iguanas en la Nieve y Otros Poemas de Invierno. Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems/Jitomates Risuenos y Otros Poemas de Primavera won the National Parenting Publications Gold Award and From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otros Poemas de Verano won the American Library Association's Pura Belpré Honor Award for Latino Literature.

He served as director of the Spanish for Native Speakers Program at the University of California at Davis, and taught for the Art of the Wild workshop and the California Poets in the Schools program. He died of cancer on January 15, 2016 at the age of 61.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 8

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-A delightful and colorful collection of bilingual poems from the author of Laughing Tomatoes & Other Spring Poems (1997) and From the Bellybutton of the Moon & Other Summer Poems (1998, both Children's Book Press). Alarcon opens this book with "Los Angeles," a tribute to the city in which he grew up: "here people/come from all/over the world/to make/their dreams/come true." The author's Mexican-American heritage shines through as he shares poems about platanos, strawberry and lemon flavored popsicles, his abuela, his first day of school as a non-English speaker, and el Dia de los Muertos. Footnotes offer explanations for unfamiliar terms in Spanish and English. Gonzalez's innovative and lively paintings complement the playful and vivacious tone of the poems. An excellent read-aloud in any season.-Reina Huerta, Young Women's Leadership School, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

Alarcón and González team up again to offer a third bilingual collection of illustrated seasonal poems. Fall in Los Angeles is warm with family life and optimistic messages (yes, you can do it!). Some poems, such as First Day of School, display the poignancy and grace that have won Alarcón praise, but others are not as successful. González illustrates fall with colorful joy. From HORN BOOK Spring 2000, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Alarc¢n summons the Los Angeles of his youth in this fine collection of poems that are rendered in both English and Spanish, and complemented by Gonzalez's merry painted photographs. In unrhymed verse, Alarc¢n celebrates a city that provided opportunities for his large family. Riding high here is the love of a mother and father who toil like demons while offering encouragement, protection, and warmth; of a grandmother, a wise and emboldening soul, who steps in when his parents are at work; of the neighborhood, with its memorable characters; and of the markets and the playful images they offer. Bananas make him think that "each bunch is a natural wonder/a splendid baseball glove." Not all is fruity and bright in Alarc¢n's world, e.g., the work his parents do is hard and mean, it is not easy for him to make the adjustment to a new school, and the city's pollution: "from a window I look at the dirty gray air/I imagine trees crying in distress." A tribute to a city, and to abiding family love. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8, older for reading alone. Following their previous two seasonal collaborations Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems (1997), a Pura BelpreHonor book, and From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems (1998), poet Alarcon and painter Gonzalez now turn their attention to fall in Los Angeles. "Here people / come from all / over the world / to make / their dreams / come true." In 20 imagistic poems written in both English and Spanish, Alarcon presents his memories of growing up in a loving Chicano community: his grandma escorting him to his "First Day of School," his mother always reminding him "!si se puede! --/ yes, you can do it!" and watching "Angels Ride Bikes" when "the whole / city riding / on bikes / once again / the air turns / pure and clean." Gonzalez's colorful and expressive paintings provide a vibrantly visual response to the poetry. Welcome this new collection and then await the winter addition to complete the seasonal quartet. --Annie Ayres


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-A delightful and colorful collection of bilingual poems from the author of Laughing Tomatoes & Other Spring Poems (1997) and From the Bellybutton of the Moon & Other Summer Poems (1998, both Children's Book Press). Alarcon opens this book with "Los Angeles," a tribute to the city in which he grew up: "here people/come from all/over the world/to make/their dreams/come true." The author's Mexican-American heritage shines through as he shares poems about platanos, strawberry and lemon flavored popsicles, his abuela, his first day of school as a non-English speaker, and el Dia de los Muertos. Footnotes offer explanations for unfamiliar terms in Spanish and English. Gonzalez's innovative and lively paintings complement the playful and vivacious tone of the poems. An excellent read-aloud in any season.-Reina Huerta, Young Women's Leadership School, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

Alarcón and González team up again to offer a third bilingual collection of illustrated seasonal poems. Fall in Los Angeles is warm with family life and optimistic messages (yes, you can do it!). Some poems, such as First Day of School, display the poignancy and grace that have won Alarcón praise, but others are not as successful. González illustrates fall with colorful joy. From HORN BOOK Spring 2000, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Alarc¢n summons the Los Angeles of his youth in this fine collection of poems that are rendered in both English and Spanish, and complemented by Gonzalez's merry painted photographs. In unrhymed verse, Alarc¢n celebrates a city that provided opportunities for his large family. Riding high here is the love of a mother and father who toil like demons while offering encouragement, protection, and warmth; of a grandmother, a wise and emboldening soul, who steps in when his parents are at work; of the neighborhood, with its memorable characters; and of the markets and the playful images they offer. Bananas make him think that "each bunch is a natural wonder/a splendid baseball glove." Not all is fruity and bright in Alarc¢n's world, e.g., the work his parents do is hard and mean, it is not easy for him to make the adjustment to a new school, and the city's pollution: "from a window I look at the dirty gray air/I imagine trees crying in distress." A tribute to a city, and to abiding family love. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8, older for reading alone. Following their previous two seasonal collaborations Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems (1997), a Pura BelpreHonor book, and From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems (1998), poet Alarcon and painter Gonzalez now turn their attention to fall in Los Angeles. "Here people / come from all / over the world / to make / their dreams / come true." In 20 imagistic poems written in both English and Spanish, Alarcon presents his memories of growing up in a loving Chicano community: his grandma escorting him to his "First Day of School," his mother always reminding him "!si se puede! --/ yes, you can do it!" and watching "Angels Ride Bikes" when "the whole / city riding / on bikes / once again / the air turns / pure and clean." Gonzalez's colorful and expressive paintings provide a vibrantly visual response to the poetry. Welcome this new collection and then await the winter addition to complete the seasonal quartet. --Annie Ayres