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Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

A giant saves the day in muy magical story.

Book Pat Mora Folklore 2006
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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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