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Iguanas in the snow

Written by Francisco X. Alarcon; published in the United States; written in English and Spanish. Read book »

This bilingual book is dedicated to children who write their own poetry. The author's poetry celebrates the cultural diversity of San Francisco and the richness and diversity of winter. The reader is invited into the author's world replete with his views on the dignity and the wonderful contributions people make in their lives. The vivid illustrations, coupled with the poetic images, emphasize that just as bridges lead to cities, people become bridges to each other.


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The little weaver of Thai-Yen village

Written by Tran Khanh Tuyet; published in the United States; written in English and Vietnamese. Read book »

The author graphically relates the horrors of war, the sorrow of losing loved ones, and a young Vietnamese girl's struggle to assimilate to a foreign culture. Struggling to maintain her cultural identity, Tuyet poignantly paints a picture of a young Vietnamese girl's loneliness, her yearning to return to the life that was, and the promise of a new beginning.


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From the bellybutton of the moon

Written by Francisco X. Alarcon; published in the United States; written in English and Spanish. Read book »

Alarcon's poems are filled with childhood memories while growing up in Mexico. From warm images of everyday life, Alarcon celebrates his family, his friends, the streets of his childhood, even his "bilingual dog." This collection of poetry is not so much a mourning of his loss of childhood but a celebration of love, of happiness, of family values.