Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart
Author: Pat Mora
Illustrator: Raul Colon
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:
- Golden Kite Award, 2006′ ‘ Award Book’ ‘ Picture Book Text’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
- Pura Belpre Award, 2006′ ‘ Honor Book’ ‘ Author’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
- Pura Belpre Award, 2006′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Illustrator’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
- Children’s Books 2005: One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2005 ; New York Public Library
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Notable Children’s Books, 2006 ; ALSC American Library Association
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