Wednesday, April 22, 2009

P is for Piñata

By Tony Johnston
Illustrated by John Parra

*Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
* ISBN 13: 9781585361441
* ISBN 10: 1585361445

From the publisher:

The country of Mexico has long been a popular travel destination. But there's much more to enjoy and appreciate than just sunshine and warm temperatures when exploring this region with its ancient history and proud traditions. Enjoy an A-Z tour of our neighbor to the south in P is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet.

Young readers can visit the tomb of a Mayan king, experience the life of the vaquero (Mexican cowboy), attend the world-famous Ballet Folklórico de Mèxico, and sample the everyday treat that was once known as the "food of the gods."

From folk art to famous people to the original "hot dog," the treasures of Mexico are revealed in P is for Piñata. Vibrant artwork perfectly captures the flavor, texture, and spirit of its landscape and culture.

Tony Johnston's love for Mexico started when her husband's job took them to Mexico City; they then lived there for fifteen years. While in Mexico, Tony wrote in Spanish and had several stories commissioned by the Mexican government. She has published more than 70 books for children and lives in San Marino, California.

Award-winning illustrator and designer John (Juanito) Parra studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His clients include United Airlines, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, PBS, and the L.A. Weekly. John's first children's book was My Name is Gabriela, about the life of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Gabriela Mistral. He lives in New York City.

For a complete teacher's guide visit


Trinidad Sanchez Jr. Poetry Fiesta
Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, Texas

College Campus Center Building Room 122

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 11 a.m. and 12:30


Terry Ibañez, Levi Romero, Norma Cantu, Regina Sanchez y Chavez

Golondrina, why did you leave me?
Book Tour

Sunday, May 3rd, Bookwoman Bookstore, Austin, Texas, 3pm

Friday, May 15th, Salute! Bar (warm-up for Esteban Jordan) 9:00 pm
$10.00 admission -- includes Esteban Jordan, Joan Frederick's twenty-years of photographs of the venerable Salute! Bar, comida, and dancing while I read and of course, when Esteban plays

Sunday, May 31st, Retro-Mex Vintage on Hildebrand, 4pm
Pilar is hosting - she's la reina of Mexican vintage
Art Exhibit by Terry Ybanez

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