9780688146290_p0_v1_s192x300Tortillas and Lullabies/Tortillas y cancioncitas

Written By Lynn Reiser
Illustrated By Corazones Valientes
Published by Greenwillow

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“At the end there is a lullaby in both languages.”–Children’s Literature


In English and in Spanish, Lynn Reiser presents the Central American companion book to her Cherry Pies and Lullabies. Again, four generations of mothers and daughters participate in family traditions-this time within a Costa Rican culture in which they share such things as tortilla making and flower gathering. Extraordinary folk-art painting by Corazones Valientes, an organization of women artists in Costa Rica, accompany this universal and unforgettable story of family love.

Reviews & Accolades
“This is a bilingual book in which the author aims to focus on how, amidst changes in technology, certain family customs are kept yet adapted to new ways of life. In brief and very simple text it tells of a great grandmother, a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter and her doll; each making tortillas, gathering flowers, and singing a lullaby. At the end there is a lullaby in both languages.”–Children’s Literature

“Gathering flowers, washing clothes, and singing lullabies are the other commonplace occurrences exalted by the mantras, which always conclude, “Every time it was the same, but different.” Placing the English text at top of every page and the corresponding Spanish text at the bottom creates a unique border for the lush, colorful illustrations, created by a consortium of Costa Rican women known as the “Valiant Hearts.” … simple phrases and gentle repetition convey the enduring nature of love and the reassuring continuity of life.”–Kirkus Review

“In this beautiful picture book, four everyday activities are depicted, making tortillas, gathering flowers, washing clothes, and singing a lullaby, as they are repeated by the women of a family over the last four generations. The timeless quality of maternal love is evident throughout. Six Costa Rican women worked together to produce the striking acrylic folk-art paintings. With deeply saturated, glowing tones and a decidedly Central American style, the pictures enhance and extend the lyrical narrative, which is printed in English and in Spanish. The words and music of a traditional Spanish lullaby are appended. A lovely, nostalgic glimpse at Central American family life…”–School Library Journal

Groups Represented
Costa Rican

Family Relationships
Cultural Traditions
Grandparents & Intergenerational

Engagement Projects
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