REVIEW ✓ Doña Flor A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart

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REVIEW ✓ Doña Flor A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart ï Doña Flor is a giant woman who lives in a puebla with lots of families She loves her neighbors–she lets the children use her flowers for trumpets and the families use her leftover tortillas for rafts So when a huge puma is tE Featuring Spanish words and phrases throughout as well as a glossary Pat Mora’s story along with Raúl Colón’s glorious artwork makes this a treat for any reader tall or small Award winning author Pat Mora’s previous book with Raúl Colón Tomás and the Library Lady received th. “Dona Flor” is about a little girl Dona that grows taller and larger than all the other children due to her mother’s singing She ends up being the village giant and through her differences she is able to save her pueblo from a puma that is terrorizing the people Dona is able to become friends with the cat and keep all her neighbors and friends from the village safe This book felt like a journey that you were going along with Dona on and was beautifully written Through “Dona Flor” Pat Mora takes a traditional canon folklore and diversifies it to includes those that are often left out of American folkloric canon women and those of Hispanic heritage This book was written bilingually and is about people of the American Southwest This tall tale also challenges the traditional ideas that women should be small and take up less space and not give their opinions In the classroom I would include this book when teaching geography specifically geography and culture of the Southwest The wonderful illustrations of this book give insights to both the physical landscape and culture of this region along with the written words Students could discuss the various land features of the Southwest that were talked about and shown in the book and the culture of the Puebloans This could even lead into a project that reuires students to research why such a folktale would play an importance in the Puebloan culture The lesson I enjoyed most from this book which could also be included in discussions during a read aloud was how someone’s differences can play an important role in their community and can even be how they can individually help those around them

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Doña Flor is a giant woman who lives in a puebla with lots of families She loves her neighbors–she lets the children use her flowers for trumpets and the families use her leftover tortillas for rafts So when a huge puma is terrifying the village of course Flor is the one to investigat. This book is all love Flor is big because of her mother's love and love is why her plants grow so large; she loves her neighbors she loves animals and plants and the earth and the major conflict in the book is resolved by her love This is definitely one of my very favorite books ever even though I didn't grow up with itAlso there are a couple of Spanish words thrown in there but literally every single one is explained by context It is almost impossible to not understand what they mean even if you've never heard Spanish before in your life This book warms me up all over

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Doña Flor A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big HeartE Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award an IRA Teacher’s Choice Award a Skipping Stones Award and was also named a Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List title and an Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature commended title She lives in Santa Fe New Mexic. Dona Flor A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart is a heartwarming story about a woman who grows so big because of her mother who loves her so much that she sings to her everyday which causes her to continue growing This book exemplifies what true kindness is as it describes Dona Flor's love for her friends through all of the special things she does for them like letting them use her giant leftover tortillas as rafts or going to find the puma who is making frightening noisesDona Flor A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart is folklore I would recommend it for grades K 2 This book could be used to teach students about the different elements of folklore This book would also make a great read aloud because it takes place in Mexico and incorporates Spanish words that are easy to figure out based on the context in the story This would be great to read during Hispanic Heritage month or at any time of the year to promote culturally responsive texts It also has many good lessons to teach young children such as kindness and friendship This is a WOW book for me because I find the tale of Dona Flor so heartwarming The heartwarming nature of the story combined with the vivid images and intertwined cultures gives me so many possibilities of how I can use this text to teach young readers