Pat Mora, a poet of Mexican-American heritage, is the recipient of a 1994 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in poetry. Her published work includes poetry and nonfiction for adults as well as children. She is the author of several bilingual picture books, including two on the Clarion list. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information visit www.patmora.com.
"A rhyming text weaves together numbers from 1 to 10 in English and Spanish as two sisters gather presents for Mama's birthday from a Mexican market . . . Lavallee's luminous watercolors feature monumental figures painted in a bold and reductive style. The deceptively simple design is a delight to the eye as the illustrations vibrantly dance with the text in a count of the presents collected. Robust and radiant, this counting book celebrates the gift of being bilingual and will add multicultural authenticity with a Mexican flavor to any collection." Booklist, ALA
"A Spanish pronunciation guide is included. The beautiful watercolor illustrations do an excellent job of capturing the girls' excitement and of portraying the varied merchandise in the market . . . A useful tool for teaching children how to count to 10 in Spanish." School Library Journal —