Doña Flor: Pat Mora

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

Author: Pat Mora
Illustrator: Raul Colon
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Year: 2005
Brief Summary: Dona Flor, a respected, well-loved giant lady, sets out to protect her friends from a ferocious puma, only to find out the secret behind its big roar.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss tall tales — what are they?  what are their characteristics?
  • Discuss the Spanish words in this book.  Study Mexican-American culture.  Taste tortillas and other foods authentic to this culture…if possible, have students research and bring to share.  Arrange for a field trip to watch fresh tortillas being made.
  • Find pictures of adobe and pueblo.  Study this style of architecture.
  • Art: younger kids can make a “trumpet” by rolling up a piece of construction paper.  See how your sound is amplified.
  • Science: study how sound is amplified/changed.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Capilano Library

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