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Anno's Spain (Anno's Journey #5)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The imaginative Anno takes us through Spain in his newest journey book, featuring twenty-one colorful, wordless spreads, depicting the enchanting cities and eras of this intriguing country. Discover once again—puzzle-like—the historic moments, hidden literary and artistic details, and, of course, discover Anno himself, as he wanders the unfolding countrysides. Mitsumasa An ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published February 23rd 2004 by Philomel (first published 2003)
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Bella
Jul 03, 2016 Bella rated it really liked it
Beautiful pictures with lots of detail, I just wish there was more of an explanation at the end - maybe the location of each place or a few words about the main events depicted, there is a page of description but, having been twice to Spain, I would have liked to know more. Still, I love looking at this with my children and always finding new little details together.
Sarai Clemente
Nov 29, 2016 Sarai Clemente rated it it was amazing
Amazing pictures. No words. It really represent the history of Spain in early years.
Jeanna
The pictures were lovely and intricate, with lots to look at. Unfortunately, I know very little about Spain, so it was impossible to get much from the book. I recognized Picasso and Dali references and the running of the bulls in Pamplona, and maybe the Alhambra?, and that was about it. The kids and I would have enjoyed it much more if there had been a key at the back that explained or at least named the things in the book so that we could learn about them.

It's clearly more of a book for Spain
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Genie
Oct 13, 2011 Genie rated it liked it
Shelves: international
This book is set in Spain and takes you on a journey through the country in pictures/illustrations alone. It walks you through a beautiful wordless story of how the people in Spain live and work and play.

The pictures reflect the culture of a working community: fishermen, farmers, guards, a farmer's market, etc...It also reflects a community that knows how to play, from kids playing soccer, running through the streets, dancing in the streets, bullfighting, and so forth. Another wonderful characte
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Jenny
Jan 31, 2015 Jenny rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Though there are no words, I believe this book would be great to snuggle up with a child and observe each page and inquire as to what the people are doing, what the buildings are, etc. Truly allowing the child to guide their discovery of Spain through the eyes of Mitsumasa Anno, children can go from the book to the internet to learn more about "corrida de toros" and the "Fiesta de la Merce" (see video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toNJg...). Students can compare and con ...more
Nancy
Mar 03, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-books
Beautiful illustrations of cities, villages, churches, the people and the pastimes of Spain. There are religious feast days and festivals like the running of the bulls in Pamplona, pastoral scenes with field workers harvesting olives, then pressing them to make olive oil, a fishing village with the fishermen's nets hung out to dry in the sun. I particularly liked the drawing of an outdoor wedding that takes place in the plaza in front of the town church. Round to one side servants are setting th ...more
Barbara
Mar 06, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
After exploring, seeing and searching through Anno's USA I was curious to see how Anno represents other countries in his wordless books, in the case Spain. Like Anno's USA, Anno's Spain shows images of Spain from the past. In every page, it is exciting to find pieces of art or monuments that I can recognize. He also depicts images of the culture, architecture and events representative of Spain. This type of books could invite interesting conversations but also it could be helpful if students are ...more
Alexandria
Apr 23, 2015 Alexandria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I wasn't expecting a book with no words at all, but it was just the thing to keep the older of my charges interested. He loves art, and was fascinated by all the tiny details Anno put into his illustrations. It's opened up a whole new world of topics for him to explore!
Rachel
Apr 15, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok
This book has different scenes from Spain. It is wordless. It could be fun for kids to get an idea of what a different country would look like.
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Beautiful scenery, beautiful and artistic, I like following Anno on his horse on these journey's.
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Mitsumasa Anno (born March 20, 1926) is a Japanese illustrator and writer of children's books, known best for picture books with few or no words. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1984 for his "lasting contribution to children's literature".

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