A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
DoÃ±a Flor is kind to plants, animals, and people. Some kids tease her, but not much is made of this.
Violence & Scariness
People in the town are frightened of a loud-growling mountain lion.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is nothing objectionable in this book. Doña Flor is a kindly giant, kind to people, animals, and plants. The townspeople are frightened by a loud mountain lion growl, but Doña Flor resolves the situation without violence or conflict.
Is It Any Good?
Illustrator Raul Colon won the American Library Association's prize for best children's book celebrating Latino culture; certainly his pictures will captivate kids -- as will the magical story. Large, soft, dreamlike drawings show the giant Doña Flor sleeping among pillowy clouds and kids floating on the pond using huge tortillas she makes each morning. Sometimes Doña Flor doesn't even fit inside the page's frame.
The story has wonderful images of its own: Doña Flor using stars to add shine to her homemade adobe, the giant reading stories to kids and animals while they "climbed all over her soft body." All in all, a charming story that may inspire kids to write -- and draw -- some imaginative stories of their own.
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