My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez = Me Llamo Gabito: la Vida de Gabriel Garcia Marq
My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez = Me Llamo Gabito: la Vida de Gabriel Garcia Marq
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Annotation: An introduction to the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning Colombian author describes his childhood in Aracataca, Colombia, and how the things that surrounded him inspired his imagination and his desire to become a storyteller.
Catalog Number: #4463850
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition Date: 2007
Illustrator: Colon, Raul,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-87358-908-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-87358-908-6
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2007008941
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 2-4-This luminous picture book describes the Colombian author's childhood and influences. Brown does a wonderful job of articulating Garcia Marquez's complex literary style (called magical realism) in a way youngsters can grasp. Even better, she shows how his imagination was nurtured and encouraged from a very early age by the things around him. The text is written in blocks of English and Spanish with words of both languages sometimes incorporated into the page design. Colin's brilliant watercolors float off the page, anchored by his penciled outlines; his use of swirls and scratches gives depth to the clothing and backgrounds of each illustration and captures a sense of Garcia Marquez's creative imagination. Brown calls this book a character study, but it will be at home in many places in the library, including bilingual, picture book, or biography sections.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Word Count: 969
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 120623 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.3 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q43141
Lexile: AD750L

Can you imagine a shipwrecked sailor living on air and seaweed for eight days? Can you imagine a trail of yellow butterflies fluttering their wings to songs of love? Once, there was a little boy named Gabito who could. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is perhaps one of the most brilliant writers of our time. He is a tremendous figure, enormously talented, and unabashedly admired. This is his story, lovingly told, for children to enjoy. Using the imagery from his novels, Monica Brown traces the novelist's life in this creative nonfiction picture book from his childhood in Colombia to today. This is an inspiring story about an inspiring life, full of imagination and beauty.

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