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Con el sol en los ojos / With the Sun in My Eyes by Jorge Luján
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Starting with the Walt Whitman epigram reminding us that children have the gift of imagination, being able to become the objects they see, these ten simple poems written in Spanish and then English follow two friends as they explore the natural wonders outside their homes and count their blessings. The street is described as being "like the trunk of an almond tree" (unpaginated) as someone ponders whether "this house is a nest built between trunk and branch" (unpaginated). Some of the language is exquisite: For instance, "The sun in a bucket is washing its face" (unpaginated). The vivid illustrations consist of mixed media, formed with marker, stamp, linocutss, and computer creations. Every page is filled with a sense of wonder as the characters relish the simple joys of life and ponder life's mysteries as well.
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