A perfect season for dreaming = una tiempo perfecto para sonar
A perfect season for dreaming = una tiempo perfecto para sonar
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Annotation: Ninety-two-year-old Octavio Rivera has been visited by some very interesting dreams--dreams about pinatas that spill their treasures before him revealing kissing turtles, winged pigs, hitchhiking armadillos and many more fantastic things.
Catalog Number: #4470058
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-933693-01-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-933693-01-9
Dewey: E
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Horn Book
Ida May has so much fun with her new best friend, Stacey. They even form a secret club after finding a mermaid night-light they think grants wishes. But when Stacey begins to stretch the truth with her "imagining," it puts Ida May in a tough position. Though didacticism creeps in, the story sensitively describes the push and pull of fourth-grade friendships.
Kirkus Reviews
<p>One cloudless summer, 78-year-old Octavio Rivera's afternoon naps lead to a series of fantastical dreams. On the first day of the season, a single guitar "whispering songs of love" bursts through a star-shaped piEata, and on the second day, two kissing turtles float across a blue sky. With each passing day, the items delivered by the piEata grow in both number and whimsy; as his dreams surround and fill him up, Octavio feels a growing need to share his dreams; but with whom? SAenz's treatment of reality and his rich, sensory-filled imagery evokes Garc"a MArquez, while Andrade Valencia's illustrations, done in a brilliant southwestern palette, employ flat perspectives and surrealist compositions to create a visual fusion of folk art and Magritte. One lovely wordless spread finds Octavio revealing his dreams to his granddaughter Regina, and in so doing, Octavio also shares himself. While a counting book in concept, SAenz's text is layered with multiple meanings. Young readers will enjoy its structure, numbers and playful dreams, while more sophisticated readersa"and even adultsa"will find reasons to return to it again and again. (Picture book. 5-8)</p>
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 During his 78th summer, Octavio Rivera begins to have the most fantastic dreams of his life. As they grow in intensity and whimsy, so grows his desire to share these visions. Of course, the only person who understands them is his imaginative six-year-old granddaughter. The English and Spanish texts allow children, families, and teachers to share this charming tale in either or both languages. The story's rhythmic, repetitive structure makes it an excellent read-aloud. For example, "On that first afternoon of summer, Octavio Rivera dreamed a Spanish guitar falling out of a piñatawhispering songs of love to a sky filled with perfect stars." "On the second afternoon of summer, Octavio Rivera dreamed two giant turtles falling out of a piñata." Children will learn to count to 10 in both English and Spanish as they listen, which gives the story additional educational value. Meanwhile, Valencia's bright oil paintings evoke the joy of dreams and imagination. The luminous quality of his art underscores this delight and brings to mind the bright, sun-drenched light of the Southwest. The words and images also collaborate to celebrate many facets of Latino culture, from guitars and piñatas to close intergenerational relationships. While this is an excellent choice for libraries with large Spanish-speaking populations, children of all backgrounds will enjoy it. Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
Starred Review for Publishers Weekly

Sáenz's (He Forgot to Say Goodbye) haunting work, presented in English and Spanish, is part short story, part fable. Octavio Rivera, an elegant, white-haired grandfather, experiences an astonishing series of dreams that grow more complex each night: “...five coyotes dressed in mariachi outfits [were] falling out of a piñata and the coyotes were escaping from Tencha's Café on Alameda....” Valencia gives these visions an odd and wonderful dignity; his folk art illustrations lie somewhere between Frida Kahlo and Grant Wood. Octavio longs to share his dreams, but can't tell anyone—“My best friend Joe would tell me that I had indigestion and that I should stay away from eating gorditas”—then realizes that his beloved six-year-old granddaughter will understand. “You are the most beautiful dreamer in the world, Tata Tabo!” she exclaims. Children who require stories with defined contours may find the flood of images off-putting; others will respond to Sáenz's elemental warmth and rhythmic storytelling. Ages 6–10. (Sept.)

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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 1,051
Reading Level: 4.2
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 127971 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: M

"The story's rhythmic, repetitive structure makes it an excellent read-aloud. . . . Meanwhile, Esau Andrade] Valencia's bright oil paintings evoke the joy of dreams and imagination. . . . Children of all backgrounds will enjoy it."-- School Library Journal Ninety-two-year-old Octavio Rivera is a beautiful dreamer. And lately he has been visited by some very interesting dreams--dreams about pi atas that spill their treasures before him, revealing kissing turtles, winged pigs, hitchhiking armadillos and many more fantastic things Octavio doesn't tell anyone about his dreams except his young granddaughter Regina because she alone understands beautiful and fantastic dreams. On the ninth afternoon Octavio prepares for his siesta hoping to be blessed with one last lovely dream. That afternoon he dreams of a sky full of sweet and perfect hummingbirds calling his name over and over again... Like Margaret Wild's marvelous book Old Pig , A Perfect Season for Dreaming unfolds the sweet possibilities in relationships between the very old and the very young. Benjamin Alire S enz---novelist, poet, essayist and writer of children's books--is at the forefront of the emerging Latino literatures. He has received the Wallace Stegner Fellowship and the Lannan Fellowship and an American Book Award. He teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso, and considers himself a fronterizo, a person of the border. Esau Andrade Valencia , born in Mexico, comes from a family of folk artists. Although still young, he is increasingly recognized as a master artist in the tradition of the great painters such as Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo, in whose footsteps he follows. Esau's paintings are included in the collection of The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach as well as in the Downey Museum of Art in California.

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