All Around Us

All Around Us

Book - 2017
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" All Around Us begs to be shared over and over. The use of lines and strokes conveys energy, spirit, magic. And I love the way it connects us all to the idea that we come from inside, from the earth, from something gentle and primal, and that is where go back to--and we better take care of it."-- Yuyi Morales

"A transcendent, perfectly gorgeous book, as magical as childhood feels in its best times. Rich, warm, comforting words and images to hold closely in your mind."-- Naomi Shihab Nye

ALSC Notable Children's Book

2018 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book

2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award: Picture Book Honor

Grandpa says circles are all around us. He points to the rainbow that rises high in the sky after a thundercloud has come. "Can you see? That's only half of the circle. That rest of it is down below, in the earth." He and his granddaughter meditate on gardens and seeds, on circles seen and unseen, inside and outside us, on where our bodies come from and where they return to. They share and create family traditions in this stunning exploration of the cycles of life and nature.

This is a debut picture book for Xelena Gonzalez and Adriana Garcia.

Publisher: El Paso, Texas : Cinco Puntos Press, c2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781941026762
Branch Call Number: E GON
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Garcia, Adriana M.


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This book is magic! We spend an afternoon with a young girl and her grandfather, who shows her to see with her own eyes the miraculous cycles of life, death, and growth. Grandfather shows us the cycles, represented through circles he describes with his words and with his hands, and he shows us to see our place in the cycles. The illustrator shows us these cycles by drawing circles through everything and showing us the connections between what is visible and what is invisible, like the roots of trees, or the cosmos that exist in each living thing. There is profound respect and love for the earth in the words and in the ritualistic actions of the young girl and her grandfather that is familiar and cozy. The bright colors and deep, peaceful earth tones make each page feel warm and happy, and that stays with you long after you finish reading. Like the title tells us, circles are all around us if we learn to look for them!

Meet the authors on Saturday, March 10th from 4-5pm at the Library’s Nuestras Raíces stage at the 2018 Tucson Festival of Books.

—Arturo M., Library Assistant at Joel D. Valdez Main Library

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