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

by Pat Mora

Other authors: Raúl Colón (Illustrator)

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I thought that this was a great folktale that is different than most tall-tales that I have read until now. Most folklore's that I had been introduced to as a child centered around European tales and were always written with a 'once upon a time' or a 'and they lived happily ever after'. This story's strength lies in it being so unlike other folklore's and it also being so rich in its Spanish cultural origin. It is obvious when reading this story that it is a Spanish folklore because the illustrations reflect the origin in the houses, clothing, and landscapes and the narrative also uses the Spanish language. ( )
  kvc62 | Apr 16, 2015 |
I had mixed feeling about this book after reading it. I liked the book because the illustrations were very beautiful, they were all cool colors and made the story more welcoming as I read it. But I didn't like the plot of the story, there was a giant girl who tried to help everyone. I didn't understand the multiculturalism in the book, some words were spelled in Spanish but besides that I didn't think that it grasped another culture at all. I would not recommend this book to any young readers because I found it confusing to follow. ( )
  jherrm1 | Apr 4, 2015 |
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 |
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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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