Synopses & Reviews
and#8220;In what may be her handsomest book yet, a Caldecott Honor winner presents a Peruvian folktale concerning a fox and a mole who try to climb a rope of grass to the moon. . . . Using dramatically large format and backgrounds of brilliant color, Ehlert illustrates the simple story with bold, stylized cutouts--often recalling Peruvian motifs--that are dazzling not only in their daring use of vibrant colors but in the simplicity of their design, masterfully incorporating the text in English and Spanish. Excellent source note; altogether outstanding.and#8221;--Kirkus Reviews
"Ehlert illustrates the simple story with bold, stylized cutouts . . . that are dazzling. . . . Altogether outstanding."--Kirkus Reviews
"Visually dynamic . . . The storytelling in both languages is succinct and fluent. . . . A fine choice for reading aloud."--Booklist (starred review)
"Ehlert's cut-paper illustrations are striking. . . . The characters have personality and verve. . . . A fine purchase for folktale and picture-book collections as well as for ESL programs."--School Library Journal (starred review)
Fox wants to go to the moon. Mole does not. Will they make it to the moon? No one's telling, not even the birds. Long fascinated by pre-Columbian art, Lois Ehlert bases her collage illustrations on ancient Peruvian textiles, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, and architectural detail. Told in Spanish and English, the book offers young readers a glimpse into the riches of South American culture. Full color.
A Peruvian folktale told in Spanish and English
Fox wants to go to the moon. Mole does not--at least not until he hears about the huge worms waiting up there for him to eat. So the two of them set off on their adventure, with a little help from a rope of grass and their friends the birds. The bilingual text and bold art showcase Lois Ehlert at her captivating best.
About the Author
Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction. Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000. Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.