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Talking with Mother Earth / Hablando con Madre Tierra

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Tetl’s skin is brown, his eyes are black, and his hair is long. He’s different from the other children, whose taunts wound him deeply, leaving him confused and afraid. But Tetl’s grandmother knows the ancient teachings of their Aztec ancestors, and how they viewed the earth as alive with sacred meaning. With her help, he learns to listen to the mountains, wind, corn, and s ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published April 24th 2006 by Libros Tigrillo
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Cheryl
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I just love learning about other points of view, other cultures. This author is one of the first "Indian" voices from outside North America that I've read in picture-books. I like his bilingual books about traditional Latin American foods, and was glad to find this moving book of poetry.

It's especially valuable for other Pipil Nahua Indian children, I'm sure, but enlightening for all of us. Descended from Aztecs, with the stories of the invasion passed down, and with some of the language preser
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Heather Little
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Children's book of poetry, each poem in Spanish and English, written from the perspective of the Nahuatl people of southern Mexico. Beautiful illustrations. The poetry spans the range of human emotion and addresses heavy topics such as racism and colonization, as well as joyful poems on the beauty of Mother Earth. My daughter laughed at the word play of the poem "Gourd Morning". Having grown up in the cornfields of Illinois myself, I appreciated the poem, "The Corn". There's a bit of the Nahuatl ...more
Bethe
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lovely poems in English and Spanish as a young boy talks about all different things with Mother Earth, comfort and joy.
Zoe's Human
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
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A lovely bilingual collection of poems rooted in the Salvadoran Pipil Nahua experience. Themes including family, food, nature, sacredness, and racism.

Suitable for ages 5 - 8.
Vamos a Leer
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Talking with Mother Earth/Hablando con madre tierra: Poems/Poemas by Jorge Argueta is a bilingual poetry book about a boy who learns self-acceptance through his growing connection with Mother Earth.

The protagonist exhibits pride in his identity, though he is discriminated because of it. He says, “I am descended from the Aztecs and like them I wear feathers of beautiful birds to protect me from the bad words and the looks that come my way from some people because I am Indian.” He asserts that tho
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Mela
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book is a wonderful compilation of bilingual poems paying tribute, in prose and art alike, to the beauties of Mother Earth and indigeneity. Originally published in 2006, this review is of the 2017 printing. The author is an award winning poet for children, a native Salvadorean and Pipil Nahua Indian. Poems address and rebuke the racism experienced by the poet as a young child who looked different than his peers (“and in my chest my heart would boil/ like a volcano getting ready to explode”) ...more
M.M. Hudson
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a series of vibrant pictures with simple poems to match. The poems are written first in Spanish and then in English. Although I said the poems are simple, they truly have depth and feeling to all of them. All of the individual poems fit together to create the story.

This book is written in first person narrative and the poems depict the author growing up and his having been bullied due to the fact he was Pipil Nahua Indian. It is so much more than that though.

The author describes his
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Yadira
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a book of poems translated in both English and Spanish by a Salvadoran poet is about a young native boy’s connection to Mother Earth. The boy, Tetl speaks a language called Nahuatl. Tetl’s grandmother teaches him about his spiritual ancestors and how to heal the wounds of racism.
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