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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 like this book for a few reasons. Since this is a tale about a Latina woman, the author incorporated Spanish words into the book. That is a very good strategy because it allows the reader to broaden their horizons. For example, the author wrote, “when Flor finally stopped growing, she built her own house, una casa.” Not only does the author include bilingual text, she also uses the words in a way that the readers can easily gather meaning of the unfamiliar Spanish words. Another thing I really liked was the illustrations. The illustrator did a good job at making sure that it was clear just how large Dona Flor really is. The illustration drew the perspectives really well. When Dona Flor is shown sleeping in the cloud with her animal friends, the coyotes are as big as her big toe. This gives the readers a very clear idea of how big she really is. The main idea of this story is that if you have a big hear and a vast imagination, you can go anywhere.
  Abeckl1 | Dec 2, 2015 |
Dona Flor is well, a giant woman with a great big heart. She makes tortillas the size of roofs for her neighbors, reads to them, and is friends with all the plants and animals. She 'saves' her village from a puma with the help of her animal friends.
  Stephanie_Addison | Dec 2, 2015 |
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 |
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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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