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Laughing Out Loud, I Fly: Poems in English and Spanish

by Juan Felipe Herrera

From one of the most prominent Chicano poets writing today, here are poems like sweet music-to make the body shake and move to the rhythm of rhyme, to the pulse of words. Juan Felipe Herrera writes in both Spanish and English about the joy and laughter and...

From one of the most prominent Chicano poets writing today, here are poems like sweet music-to make the body shake and move to the rhythm of rhyme, to the pulse of words. Juan Felipe Herrera writes in both Spanish and English about the joy and laughter and sometimes the confusion of growing up in an upside-down, jumbled-up world-between two cultures, two homes. With a crazy maraca beat, Herrera creates poetry as rich and vibrant as mole de ole and pineapple tamales...an aroma of papaya...a clear soup with strong garlic, so you will grow not disappear Herrera's words are hot& peppery, good for you. They show us what it means to laugh out loud until it feel like flying.

Juan Felipe Herrera's vibrant poems dance across these pages in a dazzling explosion of two languages English and Spanish. Skillfully crafted, beautiful, joyful, fun, the poems are paired with whimsical black and white drawings by Karen Barbour. The resulting collage fills the soul and the senseshot and peppery, good for you and celebrates a life lived between two cultures.Laughing out loud, I fly, toward the good things, to catch Mama Lucha on the sidewalk, afterschool, waiting for the green-striped bus, on the side of the neighborhood store, next to almonds, Jose's tiny wooden mule, the wiseboy from San Diego, teeth split apart, like mine in the coppery afternoon . . .

22000 Pura Belpre Award

Hardcover - 48 pages - $17.99
ISBN: 0060276045 (ISBN13: 9780060276041)
Published Apr 4, 1998 by HarperTeen

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Jen

Concord, MA - Education Administration

Here since Jan 22, 2013

Donated books - 14

I am the founder and executive director of BookMentors. I have worked as a teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, and language arts coordinator in urban and suburban school districts. I like to read as much as I like to hike.

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I have 23 students from diverse backgrounds and many reading levels.

I have 23 students from diverse backgrounds and many reading levels.

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I love poetry and I really like to see how they translate poems, because that is something difficult to do.

Jen

Feb 8, 2013

I have read lots of reviews of this book. It sound great, and I think it is wonderful to be able to have a bilingual poetry book available to students.