Dona Flor: a Tall Tale About a Giant Woman With a Great Big Heart
Pat Mora & Raul Colon
Knopf, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
eighbors in a '
tiny village in the American Southwest
' love Dona Flor. This giantess reaches up to the snowcaps atop mountains. Flor can speak every language, even that of butterflies and grasshoppers. When late for school, village children ask, '
Por favor, Flor, could you give us a ride?
' Her giant steps fall hard on the ground, and shake the
lor built her home with clay, straw, and water, telling her village friends and animals to visit her - '
Mi casa es su casa.
' Flor's tortillas, are so large that her neighbors use them as fragrant roofs for their houses, and children use them as rafts on the pond. One day Flor notices that her friends are not outdoors - the villagers are frightened of a big noise, '
' While tucking in her animal friends for the night, the
wind echoes '
' Flor gives the wind a big hug to quiet it down. But the roaring noise continues to rattle
windows, dishes, and even the neighbors' teeth! With the help of her animal friends, Flor goes in search of the noise, and finds a wondrous surprise.
at Mora provides engaging text mixed with Spanish words, and Raul Colon's illustrations are a combination of wonderful-to-look-at '
watercolor washes, etchings, and colored and litho pencils
is a delightful read in an oversize book, elegantly depicting the gentle and generous giant woman, her friends, and the clouds in the sky that the gaintess uses for a bed. Imagine what it would be like to have a friend like Flor.
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