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Juan Felipe Herrera Lauren Castillo
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Juan Felipe Herrera Lauren Castillo


Candlewick Press,U.S.

Poetry (Children's&YA)


32 pages

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A buoyant, breathtaking poem from Juan Felipe Herrera -- brilliantly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Lauren Castillo -- speaks to every dreaming heart. Have you ever imagined what you might be when you grow up? When he was very young, Juan Felipe Herrera picked chamomile flowers in windy fields and let tadpoles swim across his hands in a creek. He slept outside and learned to say good-bye to his amiguitos each time his family moved to a new town. He went to school and taught himself to read and write English and filled paper pads with rivers of ink as he walked down the street after school. And when he grew up, he became the United States Poet Laureate and read his poems aloud on the steps of the Library of Congress. If he could do all of that . . . what could you do? With this illustrated poem of endless possibility, Juan Felipe Herrera and Lauren Castillo breathe magic into the hopes and dreams of readers searching for their place in life.

By:   Juan Felipe Herrera
Illustrated by:   Lauren Castillo
Imprint:   Candlewick Press,U.S.
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 277mm,  Width: 254mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   455g
ISBN:   9780763690526
ISBN 10:   076369052X
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   October 2018
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 9 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet, performance artist, and activist. The son of migrant farmworkers, he was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. He has published more than a dozen collections of poetry and is the author-illustrator of Jabberwalking. He lives in Fresno, California. Lauren Castillo has illustrated many books for children, including Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts and Yard Sale by Eve Bunting. Lauren Castillo is also the author-illustrator of the Caldecott Honor-winning book Nana in the City. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Spacious, light-filled spreads by Castillo (Nana in the City) conjure up landscapes of red earth, bright sun, and long views. Herrera writes of the joy of creation and discovery, and says little about the hardships he must have undergone. The story of a brown-skinned boy who practiced/ spelling words/ in English by/ saying them in Spanish/ like--pehn-seel for/ pencil reaching recognition as the nation's most lauded poet offers a heartening narrative of hope: imagine. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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