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Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart

by Pat Mora

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Genre or Type of Picture Book: Fiction, Multicultural, Western Recommended for: Primary-Intermediate

Dona Flor,by Pat Mora is a great book for both Spanish speaking children and English. The book is about a very tall girl named, Dona Flor, who is as tall as the sun. Because of her height she is very helpful to all of her neighbors. She never gives in to bullying, always persevering and spreading kindness wherever she goes. The message of this book is great for all ages. The illustrations coupled with the bilingual text, convey the culture that the book belongs. Although this book is fiction, Dona Flor experiences bullying. She responds human-like characteristics. Because of the bilingual aspects of the book, english speaking children are able to learn some spanish words by using context clues. Spanish speaking children are able to strengthen their english by also being connected by their native language. Mora's dedication to convey ing latin culture won her the Pura Belpre award.
  sumnergreen8 | Mar 25, 2015 |
Story of a gentle giant named Flora who was loved by all the children. She loved her plants and animals and would sing to them. Flora wanted to protect her village and was first to volunteer when they heard the cry of a large animal. The animal turned our to be a small puma.
  Enessa | Dec 7, 2014 |
Meet Doña Flor - a kind and caring woman who happens to be a giant. In her little village, she really stands out, but Doña Flor has many friends, both people and animals, whom she helps in big ways, from drawing out a new stream with her finger to taming a naughty puma who has been scaring everyone. Every page is a surprise to young children, who will have fun seeing how Doña Flor’s every-day routines include things like huge, snow-topped mountains for her cold water-basin or big, fluffy clouds for her pillow. The dreamlike illustrations feature watercolor over etching, creating a soft, welcoming feeling, and the sequence of the story begins with waking in the morning and ends with going to bed at night, giving the tale a pleasant sense of wholeness and closure. And bonus points for cultural diversity – Doña Flor weaves some Spanish words into the story, which will intrigue children unfamiliar with the language and delight those who are familiar with it (though without a glossary or exact definitions in the text, it is more of an embellishment than a teaching tool). Winner of the Pura Belpre Medal, it will make for a great story-time in any children’s library. ( )
  AmandaPalomino | Oct 1, 2014 |
Ages 4-8.

Dona Flor is an original tall tale about a giant woman who loves to help her neighbors. She reads to children and animals as they climb over her, brings a river to the village, and plucks stars from the sky to light her neighbors’ way. When the village becomes frightened by the roar of what they imagine is a terrifying creature, Dona Flor sets off to save the day and discovers all is not as it seems.

Readers will be enchanted by the book’s wonderful imagery: roots so big people can hear them growing, roofs made out of tortillas that smell like corn in the warm sun, and musical notes trumpeting from giant flowers. Dona Flor shows children that even imaginary worlds need descriptions that engage the senses.

The text incorporates Spanish words and phrases, reflecting the culture of Dona Flor’s village in the American Southwest. Spanish text is either given next to the English equivalent, or is understood through context.

Colon uses a combination of watercolors, washes and etching to create visually arresting illustrations that complement the warmth and wonder of the text. The resulting mix of textures, shades, and hues will fascinate children and adults alike.

Readers will want to listen to Dona Flor’s big hearted adventures again and again. Highly recommended. ( )
  Rachel.Seltz | Dec 11, 2013 |
Genre: Folk Tale. Dona Flor interacts often with animals and customs and values are seen through the character of Dona Flor such as making tortillas, caring for others, and protecting her family.
Characterization: Dona Flor is a static protagonist. Throughout the book she is constantly looking after the people in her village.
Media: Colored pencil ( )
  ariellamendez | Apr 16, 2013 |
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Doña Flor is a giant lady who lives in a tiny village in the American Southwest. Popular with her neighbors, she lets the children use her flowers as trumpets and her leftover tortillas as rafts. Flor loves to read, too, and she can often be found reading aloud to the children. One day, all the villagers hear a terrifying noise: it sounds like a huge animal bellowing just outside their village. Everyone is afraid, but not Flor. She wants to protect her beloved neighbors, so with the help of her animal friends, she sets off for the highest mesa to find the creature. Soon enough, though, the joke is on Flor and her friends, who come to rescue her, as she discovers the small secret behind that great big noise.

The creators of TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY, Pat Mora and Raul Colón, have once again joined together. This time they present a heartwarming and humorous original tall tale-peppered with Spanish words and phrases about a giant lady with a great big heart.

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Dona Flor, a giant lady with a big heart, sets off to protect her neighbors from what they think is a dangerous animal, but soon discovers the tiny secret behind the huge noise.

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