Monday, January 21, 2013

The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe by Pat Mora -ADVISABLE

Mora, Pat and Illustrated by Johnson, Steve and Fancher, Lou The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe 48 pgs. Clarion Books, 2012. $12.74.  (Spanish edition provided, purported to be a great translation per a teaching-aide)
Rose loves to hear her Grandmother tell the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as they make paper flowers each December in her honor. This book tells the story of a Juan Diego as he tries to fulfill the request of the Lady. She would like a church built in her honor and keeps sending him to the Bishop to request it. Finally she provides him with a sign. Rose’s in winter, and her image on a cloak.
I have reviewed a couple of books about Saints, and these religious icons are very interesting since they are a huge part of the cultures they belong to. This one is based in Mexico, so this book can help to broaden your collection on the heritage of that country. The Illustrations are large and have a dreamy quality to them.
EL, Elementary –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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